Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hailed for condemning anti-Muslim heckle

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers was the 2011 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been praised for condemning a fan who disrupted a minute's silence for the victims of the Paris terror attack with an anti-Muslim heckle.

The incident occurred before the Packers' 18-16 defeat by the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"I was very disappointed with the fan who made a comment I thought was really inappropriate," Rodgers, 31, said.

"That kind of prejudicial ideology puts us in the position we're in today."

Speaking at the post-match news conference, Rodgers refused to say exactly what he had heard, but the Washington Post reportedexternal-link that the comment was a "derogatory generalisation about Muslims".

Rodgers' intervention was widely praised on social media.

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Rodgers' stand won him praise from San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith
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Actress Holly Robinson Peete lauded Rodgers
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One fan's take on Rodgers' comments