Aaron Rodgers Sandy Hook comments, explained: What Jets star said about 2012 school shooting conspiracy theories

During the 2023 offseason, Aaron Rodgers was all anyone could talk about during free agency. The quarterback wanted out of Green Bay, and eventually, the Packers worked out a deal to send him to the Jets. 

Flash forward a year later to 2024, and Rodgers is still finding ways to get into the headlines in the midst of free agency. None of those headlines, however, have to do with football. 

The Jets quarterback is no stranger to being involved in controversies. From his beef with talk show host JImmy Kimmel over comments about Epstein Island, to his reported speculation on 9/11, to his takes about the COVID-19 vaccine, the list goes on and on. 

Fans can add another head-spinning take to his list of controversial opinions. Rodgers finds himself under fire yet again, this time surrounding the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook that occurred in 2012. CNN posted a story Thursday about Rodgers’ stance on the incident, causing the four-time MVP to issue a response. 

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Here is more to know about what Rodgers said about the Sandy Hook school shooting. 

What did Aaron Rodgers say about Sandy Hook?

Rodgers has been in the headlines recently due to his reported involvement as a potential running mate for independent presidential candidate Robert J. Kennedy Jr. With his possible venture into United States politics, it has opened the door for some of his past comments to be brought back to light. 

CNN journalist Pamela Brown reported that she is one of two sources who has heard Rodgers directly state claims about the Sandy Hook shooting being a “government inside job” involving actors. She called the conversation with Rodgers “disturbing.” 

“Brown was covering the Kentucky Derby for CNN in 2013 when she was introduced to Rodgers, then with the Green Bay Packers, at a post-Derby party,” the article read. “Hearing that she was a journalist with CNN, Rodgers immediately began attacking the news media for covering up important stories. Rodgers brought up the tragic killing of 20 children and 6 adults by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School, claiming it was actually a government inside job and the media was intentionally ignoring it.

“When Brown questioned him on the evidence to show this very real shooting was staged, Rodgers began sharing various theories that have been disproven numerous times. Such conspiracy theories were also later at the center of lawsuits brought by victims’ families when they sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the matter.”

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In addition to Brown, another source, who CNN kept anonymous, said that they were involved with a similar back-and-forth with the quarterback several years ago. The source recalled Rodgers stating that “Sandy Hook never happened,” all the children and parents were “actors.” 

The article caused a reaction from Rodgers. The quarterback posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday, calling the shooting “an absolute tragedy” and that he has “never been of the opinion that the events did not take place.”

As I’m on the record saying in the past, what happened in Sandy Hook was an absolute tragedy. I am not and have never been of the opinion that the events did not take place. Again, I hope that we learn from this and other tragedies to identify the signs that will allow us to…

— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 14, 2024

In addition, the Kennedy campaign released a statement to CNN as well, echoing Rodgers’ message that it was a “horrific tragedy.”

“Mr. Kennedy believes the Sandy Hook shooting was a horrific tragedy,” Kennedy spokesperson Stefanie Spear said to CNN. “The 20 children and 6 adults that died December 14, 2012 brought the entire country together in grief. Let us honor their memory.”

Kennedy is reportedly going to name his running mate on March 26. In addition to Rodgers, Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota, has been tied as a potential VP candidate for Kennedy. 

There are more than four months remaining until training camp begins for the 2024 NFL season. While Rodgers may be focusing on football and returning from the Achilles tear he suffered in the 2023 season opener, it’s likely he will remain in the headlines if chosen as Kennedy’s running mate — or if more of his alleged controversial comments come to light. 

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