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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  • Joe

    Why does he need to comment?

    He obviously believed the man and most likely feels betrayed as do many others who tried to defend Braun.

    I don’t see any benefit to Rodgers by him making a comment and further injecting himself into this mess.

    He needs to be answering questions about football, the Packers and the upcoming season. Nothing more and nothing less.

    • A. Hamilton

      Pfft. “Why does he need to comment?” If that’s the case, and I agree, he shouldn’t have commented in the first place a year ago. Now his silence just looks pathetic. You don’t see any benefit in him commenting now? Correct, because he looks like an idiot either way.

      The worst thing he could do is come out and say he was “betrayed”, as you put it. That would come off as phony and insincere to those of us with brains.

      • RyansDad

        I’m very glad that you are not my friend

  • Taryn Miller

    There are times in a persons life when they are and must be blind even to what they may sense as futile in the long run.Whether its for a relationship,a job,a self justification or for a friend,especially true friends,since they are deemed the hardest to acquire.
    People,no matter who or what level in social status,must risk that he/she/what which you have sworn absolute belief will likely let you down.However,without an unyielding resolve to maintain this,the word friend would be erased and not long forgotten.

  • Debra

    I agree Joe…

  • Tony

    Rodgers doesn’t have to say anything. He defended and believed in a friend and happened to be wrong. There’s nothing but good in giving your friends the benefit of the doubt. Just move on.

  • RyansDad

    A friend is someone you trust. Sometimes that trust is misplaced. Then, I guess all you can do is move on.

    I agree with the comments of all below – except, of course, A. Hamilton. Not difficult to figure out what the “A” stands for.