The 29-year-old Divergent actress clarified where she stands amid her 37-year-old fiancé's ongoing friction with the NFL's Green Bay Packers by retweeting a fiery video from ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday, July 20. In the footage, Stephen blasts any fellow football experts who criticized Aaron for wanting to leave the Packers due to feeling disrespected by the organization that drafted him in 2004.
"It's not about football—it's not just about the money, and it certainly isn't about football," Stephen said in the video. "This is about the way that the Green Bay Packers have treated their star player. They have disregarded him, they have dismissed him, they have minimized him, they've disrespected him. And he said, 'Bump, y'all, enough's enough.'"
Stephen's vitriolic comments were a response to a recent ESPN report stating, per sources, that the reigning NFL MVP, who announced his engagement to Shailene in February, had turned down an offer from the Packers during this offseason that would have extended his contract and made him the highest-paid player in the entire league.
Reports have circulated since the end of the most recent season that the quarterback wants to leave his team, with most analysts believing his dissatisfaction stems from the Packers drafting quarterback Jordan Love during the first round of the 2020 draft as Aaron's perceived replacement. This was seen by many as a slap in the face to Aaron, who has continued to perform at a high level and got his team to the NFC Championship Game in both 2020 and 2021.
It seems Shailene may know more about sports than she lets on in public forums. After all, the Big Little Liars star told Seth Meyers earlier this week that learning football terminology is a "whole new world" for her.
"I still am always, 'Oh, you scored a goal'—he's like, 'It's a touchdown,'" she quipped at the time.