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One day after Hub Arkush declared he will not cast his NFL MVP vote for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the veteran Chicago sportswriter admitted that he made a "mistake" in disclosing how he plans to vote to the public.
"I made a big mistake," Arkush said on Chicago's 670 The Score radio station on Wednesday. "As far as what happened last night, it's on me. I screwed up."
Arkush said his error "doesn't have much to do with Aaron Rodgers," but that he "failed to respect" the cardinal rule as one of 50 voters who cast ballots for the Associated Press' annual NFL awards: Don't disclose your voting plans.
"The only thing they really ask us is to not tell people who we voted for until the award is presented. What they really mean is just don't talk about it, and the reason, in part, is because of exactly what's happened here," he said, adding that he put the other voters in an "unfortunate" position. "I feel awful about it and I really wish it hadn't happened."
Arkush continued: "The only thing I can do going forward is respect what I failed to respect last night and just not talk about it anymore until after the awards have been given."
On Tuesday, Arkush said he wouldn't vote for the league's reigning MVP because Rodgers' "inappropriate" off-field issues overshadowed his on-field performance.
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"I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player," Arkush said on 670 The Score radio station. "Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest of it is why he’s not gonna be my choice."
He continued: "I just think that the way he’s carried himself is inappropriate. I think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think a bad guy can be the most valuable guy at the same time."
In his Wednesday news conference, Rodgers took issue with Arkush's initial remarks and plan of action.
“I think he’s a bum,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was, probably, until yesterday’s comments.
“I listened to his comments, but to say he had his mind made up in the summertime, in the offseason, that I had zero chance of winning MVP, in my opinion should exclude future votes.”
After he made headlines for his reasoning, Arkush explained on Wednesday that his words were "being presented in ways that it wasn't said," for which he took ownership.
"Some of it sounds awful because I didn't say very well what I wanted to say," Arkush said Wednesday. "All you can do is own it and I own it. We'll see where it goes moving forward. There's not really much more to say on it."
It's not clear if Arkush will retain his vote.
In a statement to NBC Sports, the NFL clarified that the league "does not select the voters or oversee any element of the process," adding that the MVP is "one of the annual Associated Press awards."
USA TODAY Sports reached out to the NFL for comment.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL MVP voter Hub Arkush says he made 'big mistake' on Aaron Rodgers