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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week mocked a photo spread of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez which appears in this month's GQ, appearing to suggest that it wasn't manly enough.
Said Rodgers of the photo, which shows Sanchez in Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses, white Gucci jeans, and a tight black Dolce & Gabbana tank top with a Gucci coat slung over his shoulder:
"Look at this, that's embarrassing. Page 94 of this GQ thing here, that's terrible."
Sanchez responded to the remarks:
"I think he was, obviously, making a joke out of it, and that's fine, giving me a good ribbing like the guys on our team. That's totally understandable, but I'm just happy that it ended up working out for a good cause and we got to partner with two great companies and one great charity, with Hugo Boss and Tuesday's Children. It worked out for the better and I can take a little razzing for the way it ended up. I know he's just joking around, so that's totally fine."
Duane Roggendorf sounds off in This is FYF:
In all seriousness, my primary irritation with all of this is the fact that it's even a story. Why? Because in being published, this just perpetuates the idea that Sanchez has anything whatsoever to be ashamed of in wearing clothes that fit, which further perpetuates a permeating element of sports culture in general - and, ultimately, the concept of manhood itself - which is the idea that our masculinity is constantly called into question and must be proved EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY by completing asinine "tests" like not flinching when someone punches you, denying you've ever enjoyed the sound of music that isn't Pantera or Santana(??) (or enjoyed The Sound of Music, period!) and a thousand other patently ridiculous "proofs" that have nothing to do with being truly manly and everything to do with being a lemming who'll follow anyone off a cliff for fear of being ridiculed.
As far as we're concerned, Sanchez should keep doing these types of photo spreads as long as he wants.
What's next, Tom Brady in a commercial for Uggs?
Well, yes, AFTER THE JUMP...
Deadspin clears this one up (via ESPN sports Radio) for the third-grader in all of us.
"I have been getting so many text messages and phone calls about this. He is like my big brother and we have such a great relationship and I just feel so bad that it was on TV and I got to know that. I am on the sidelines but that is the way we are. We just have fun and joke around and keep things light because that is the way I play my best. I did not want it to be a disrespectful thing, obviously, and he knew that. I called him the very next day, ‘I am so sorry. I feel so bad' and he said, ‘Oh don't worry about it. Only 55 million people saw you fake-wipe a booger on me.'"
"Oh no! It was like a fake. It was like a cold weather, like almost-runny-nose-not-even-a-real-booger. If it would have been there it would have been a legit booger. I don't think I could have done that to him… It was like it is cold outside and my nose is like not fully running or anything but just like a little mess around more than anything. It was more of a fake-booger-wipe if anything. If it would have been a legit booger they probably would not have showed it on TV. So that was the funny part and he just, just the way he brushed it off. ‘Oh yeah only 55 million people saw it.' He was like, ‘You are good.' I am so sorry. I mean he is the best. He is the best in the world and he knows I was just joking. It is just too bad, and the worst part is, I mean, I know he is going to get me back. Nobody else is going to be around to see it. It will be worse I am sure."
Yep, the Jets lost. The Steelers are going to the Super Bowl. But the one game clip that's being circulated the most this morning — on the WaPo and elsewhere — is this one of QB Mark Sanchez wiping his booger on backup QB Mark Brunell.
Wrote ProFootball Talk: "It was a refreshing break from the more usual snot rockets that we often see during NFL games."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has already jumped headlong into the world of fashion mag objectification in a new swimwear shoot for GQ shot by Carter Smith.
They write: "Like all NFL rookies, Sanchez now faces a punishing time at training camp, where he’ll no doubt be hazed by his new teammates. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that these photos—of Sanchez in formfitting lifeguard-wear—might not help."
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