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ESPN needs to rein in McAfee and Aaron Rodgers

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The Pat McAfee Show was acquired by ESPN as a major solution to the company’s future challenges but has instead become a significant problem in recent weeks.

At the heart of the issue is Aaron Rodgers, who has created quite a stir with his recent appearances on McAfee’s platform.

Last week, Rodgers used the platform to suggest a connection between ABC’s late-night show host, Jimmy Kimmel, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, prompting Kimmel to threaten legal action. McAfee attempted to downplay Rodgers’ accusation as a joke, but Kimmel fired back on his show, disputing Rodgers’ claim.

In the midst of this, McAfee accused ESPN executive Norby Williamson of leaking false ratings information to the press in an attempt to sabotage the show.

Rodgers continued to cause controversy during his weekly appearances on the show, targeting Kimmel and ESPN executive Mike Foss, and making unchecked claims about conspiracy theories and COVID-19.

These incidents have raised concerns about the show’s impact and the lack of repercussions for its actions. With ESPN’s ongoing struggle to attract Gen Z sports fans, the Pat McAfee Show was meant to be a solution, but its recent behavior suggests otherwise.

McAfee’s show, despite its lower viewership numbers, was acquired by ESPN for its multi-platform audience and is supported by his substantial salary. However, the show’s unchecked behavior and controversies involving high profile individuals like Rodgers have raised red flags.

Ultimately, ESPN needs to address these issues before they escalate further and potentially cause significant damage to the network’s reputation.

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