Aaron Rodgers slams ESPN, NFL for spreading 'fake news' about his darkness retreat

Rodgers plans on spending four days in a one-room house in complete darkness.

Updated: February 16, 2023 - 2:06pm

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter is spreading "fake news" about his darkness retreat.

"This thing has been planned for about four months and it was always the same dates, always the end of this week. Anybody with knowledge to the opposite of that, it's fake news," Rodgers said Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show." 

Rapoport reported at the Super Bowl on Sunday that Rogers would start his darkness retreat Monday. 

"In my inner circle nobody talks to Ian Rappaport, to Adam Schefter or to any of those people. Okay? So if you're one of those people who's talking to those people it's a great reminder for you you're not in the inner circle," Rodgers also said. 

The NFL quarterback is scheduled to enter the darkness at the end of this week. 

During a darkness retreat, a person enters a room in complete darkness for a certain number of days. Rodgers plans on spending four days in a one-room house without his phone, a television, books, or music. He will have a toilet and a bathtub and food will be delivered through a slot in the door one time a day, Rodgers said, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The retreat is about "sensory deprivation," Rodgers said.