GREEN BAY – Greg Jennings did his best to laugh it off, but the Green Bay Packers wide receiver made it clear Wednesday that he was less than thrilled with his sister Valyncia’s posts to her Twitter account during Sunday’s loss at Minnesota – a game in which Jennings caught a season-high eight passes for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jennings said he was informed immediately after the Packers’ 37-34 loss by a public-relations staffer of his sister’s comments, which were on her then-public Twitter timeline (@VLacri). The page has since been deleted, and she has a new user name (@Vkeys23) and a private account.
“Right after I got out of the locker room. I’m like, ‘C’mon, you can’t do that to me,’” Jennings said when asked when he called his sister about the posts. “I’m not mad at her, I’m not saying it was right, I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s her opinion. She puts me in a position where I have to answer to you guys, which, selfishly, that’s unfair. But, again, it happens every single day.
“I remember I saw something on the timeline that said, ‘I love Greg Jennings, but he has to control his familly.’ My feelings about that (are), if we all controlled our loved ones, there would be no hate, no crime, no anything in the world. It would be a better place. Everyone can’t control that. As a parent, I can’t control everything my kid does, so how do you expect me to control an adult? It’s just not the reality that we live in. Do we hope people will make the right decision and do the right thing? Absolutely. Is that going to take place? No. Not every time.”
Among Valyncia Jennings’ greatest hits were a variety of instances where she pointed out that quarterback Aaron Rodgers failed to get her brother the ball when he was open and that her brother, an unrestricted free agent after the season, needs to go sign elsewhere. Among her Tweets:
"My God Aaron Rodgers holds the ball forever! GJ was wide open 5x for that touchdown! Goodness he acts like he doesn't want to throw to him"
"GJ is the only receiver that has to jump in the air with both hands up to get the [ball]!!! It's ridiculous I pray he departs GB ASAP!"
"Aaron Rodgers smh! Had him in the slot wide open no one even covered him! Where is Peyton Manning when u need him! This is utterly pathetic"
"We are hot Mad! I've never seen a star receiver ever go through this smh! @GregJennings needs to bounce😡"
"It is so obvious that @GregJennings is being blatantly ignored by ARod. Maybe @ halftime GJ should put on #18 then ARod will force [the ball] to him!"
"Who can make a play @GregJennings can! He's the best freakin receiver these clowns got! Now take your talents to south beach & get paid!"
"I don't freakin care he should have more catches, if this idiot could see the coverage!! Then he holds on to the ball & fumbles!"
"ARod is the most overrated QB in the league! He is no where near Peyton or Brady! It sickens me, Peyton would avg. 5 TD with this squad!!!"
Asked if he talked to Rodgers about his sister’s comments, Jennings said he had.
“I talked to Aaron about it. We’ve talked. His brother (Luke) has done the same thing,” Jennings said – although it should be noted that nothing Luke Rodgers ever has posted on Twitter rose to the level of Valyncia Jennings’ comments. “We all have siblings. Our siblings are going to say some things sometimes; hopefully they don’t, but we have to answer the questions for them because we’re in the spotlight. It’s just the nature of the game.
“I didn’t care for it, particularly, but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. Social media’s like that. I look at my timeline sometimes and there aren’t too many Greg Jennings fans out there sometimes. You know, she’s entitled to her own opinion. I’m going to give her a call and let her see the playbook and maybe she’ll be more satisfied with the playbook this week and see if I’m implemented as much as she would like.
Jennings missed eight games with a lower abdominal muscle tear and now has only 36 receptions for 365 yards and four TDs on the year. The No. 18 his sister referred to is Randall Cobb, who caught a team-high 80 passes for 954 yards but was inactive Sunday with ankle and knee injuries.
Jennings said he did not tell his sister to shut down her Twitter account.
“No, I didn’t. I didn’t. I just told her she should probably say, ‘These are your feelings’ and not mine,’” Jennings said. “I kind of play both sides of it because as a person that’s on Twitter and people who are on Twitter, you feel like you can say whatever you want to say. She’s no different; she’s just my sister so it’s a big deal. There are people who are on Twitter that say whatever they want to say every single day and it’s no news. It’s only news because she’s my sister.
“There are probably more than her that are talking about Aaron, myself, the Green Bay Packers. It’s not news when it comes to that but because she’s my sister and my position and my situation, it can be news.”
Asked if he and Rodgers are OK, Jennings replied, “Yeah. You would have to ask him.”
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