Multiple accusations were made about Rodgers in a story published by Bleacher Report last week, which included former Packers stars giving their take on the franchise quarterback and his relationship with McCarthy.
Rodgers spoke to ESPN Milwaukee radio on the first day of the Packers’ offseason workouts to clear up the accusations thrown his way.
“The thing is about the article, it’s – it’s not a mystery,” Rodgers said.
“This was a smear attack by a writer looking to advance his career talking with mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda, whether they’re advancing their own careers or just trying to stir old stuff up.
“The crazy thing is there’s super-slanted opinions in that piece stated as facts, and then there’s quote-unquote facts which are just outright lies.”
There has been much made of the relationship between Rodgers and McCarthy and how its deterioration saw the coach lose his job after an embarrassing 17-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 last season.
It was claimed Rodgers and McCarthy’s relationship was hindered by a decision the coach made in 2005.
McCarthy, who was offensive coordinator at the San Francisco 49ers at the time, passed up on taking Rodgers as the No 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and instead opted for quarterback Alex Smith.
The following year McCarty left the Bay Area and moved to Wisconsin, which was where Rodgers was drafted as the No 24 overall pick.
It was claimed Rodgers was not happy about not going No 1 and held a grudge about it.
Although Rodgers didn’t deny there were issues, he claimed working through their disagreements made their relationship stronger.
“I love Mike McCarthy. He’s a great man,” Rodgers said.
“He’s got a huge heart. He really cares about his players, and he showed that to us.
“As far as a player to a coach, it’s just two Alpha males who are hyper-competitive and love winning and are both a little stubborn.
“But, again, we talked through so many different issues over the years and that made us a lot stronger.”
The 35-year-old quarterback also wanted to address the idea that the Packers are “worried about me as the leader of the football team moving forward”.
Rodgers said: “I want to say two things: One, if they knew that, why would they offer me a contract last year?
“And two, which goes into my second central thesis point that I’m going to take down, is if I really disliked Mike so much, why would I re-sign knowing that if I play well and we do what we do around here — we made the playoffs eight straight years, and then I got hurt and we missed the playoffs — it’s going to be me and Mike my entire career?
“So if I really disliked him that much, do you think I’d re-sign?
“Is the money that important to me? I’ll tell you it’s not.
“Quality of life is important.”