'Allow people to grow and change': Packers' Aaron Rodgers reacts to Gruden resignation

NOW: ’Allow people to grow and change’: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers reacts to Gruden resignation

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers are getting ready to take on the Chicago Bears this weekend, a rivalry that goes back more than 100  years.

The big story from the NFL is the resignation of Jon Gruden. Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave his reaction on The Pat McAfee Show.

"When you understand people on a deeper level then I think you can grow and change and I think that's what we need to promote in our league is understanding and listening I think like I said we need to allow people to grow and change, but those opinions don't have a place in the game," Rodgers said.

Fallout continues from uncovered emails Gruden sent during his time as an ESPN analyst. Gruden is out after reports emerged of him using homophobic, racist, and misogynistic language in several emails he wrote over the past decade. Many have declined to comment on whether Gruden's decision to resign was appropriate, but others are calling out the league, saying more needs to be done to stop this behavior.

Rodgers say while he knows there are opinions similar to Gruden across the league, those who share them are few and far between.

In a statement released by the Raiders, Gruden said quote "I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone." 

As for getting ready for the Bears, Rodgers know how big this week is.

"Bears week. It doesn't take long to figure out how important that is to both fan-bases," Rodgers said. "I's little Green Bay against big Chicago. It's always going to be a fun week. It's always a great test. I love playing in Soldier Field. I have a lot of respect for those sports fans in Chicago."

The Packers take on the Bears this Sunday at noon in Chicago. 

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