Ryan Braun and Aaron Rodgers in better times. ESPN Milwaukee photograph

Rodgers defended Braun; how is he feeling now?

Today’s news that Milwaukee Brewers superstar Ryan Braun would be suspended by Major League Baseball for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs wasn’t a surprise to most, but when Aaron Rodgers was asked last year about Braun’s usage, he staunchly defended his best professional athlete friend.

Here’s how Rodgers reacted in April 2012:

“MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated,” Rodgers wrote on Twitter. “When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the facts. #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated.”

“I’ll let my buddy take it from here. All u idiots talking about technicality open up for some crow too. See if Espn gets pressured not to . . . let the people hear the truth. Should get interesting. #exonerated#shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

Rodgers even went so far as to claim that he would give up his annual salary in an online bet when he defended his friend and business partner on Feb. 23, 2012. Here’s the exchange he had on Twitter:

Todd Sutton @toddsutton

@AaronRodgers12 you really believe he didn’t you PED’s????

@toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it.

What’s important to know here is that those tweets by Sutton and Rodgers have been removed from Twitter.
Here’s what Braun had to say in a statement this afternoon:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by MLB that did not specifically mention Biogenesis. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

Rodgers still hasn’t tweeted any response as of 7 p.m. tonight to the 1,001,554 who follow him on Twitter, but there are many who feel that he should come clean about the suspension.

What do you think, folks? What should be Rodgers’ response to this sticky situation with Braun?

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