Aaron Rodgers says Ryan Braun looked him in the eye and lied to him

Rodgers on the latest Braun news: "I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were."
Today, Aaron Rodgers offered his first public comments on the news that his friend, business partner, and fellow Californian-turned-Wisconsin sports superstar Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the MLB season for violating baseball's performance enhancing drug prevention policies.

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As we reminded you early this week, when allegations about Braun's PED use were first swirling in early 2012, Rodgers took to Twitter and mounted an outspoken defense of Braun's innocence.

"MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man," Rodgers wrote, going as far as to say he'd bet his salary Braun didn't use PEDs.

During a news conference today, Rodgers acknowledged he should've taken "a more measured approach" while defending his friend, but said he was only as outspoken as he was because Braun "looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true."

Here, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is a transcript of Rodgers's comments:
I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were. I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true.

So, it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend, but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, really baseball fans. It doesn't feel great being lied to like that and I'm disappointed in the way it all went down...

"I don't regret backing a friend up. obviously in hindsight a more measured approach would obviously be a better course of action. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward. He has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field.
Rodgers was also asked whether he'd continue his business partnership with Braun. The two jointly own the upscale 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, and a second 8-twelve is scheduled to open in a few months -- if Rodgers gives the go-ahead.

"That's yet to be determined," Rodgers replied. "As far as the business goes, right now I'm focused on football and I have people who can help me with [business] issues."

Finally, Rodgers was asked if he still considers Braun a friend. He gave a less-than-definitive reply.

"I was disappointed in the way it went down... I trusted him," Rodgers said. "That's the thing that probably hurts the most."

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k2yeb topcommenter

Must have discounted the double checking of one's motivation for lying.  He lied to millions that contributed to his salary and fame, so the fact he did it to Rogers is different?

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

TRUST: A lifetime to build and milliseconds to loose


All I want to know is, Who gets Rodgers' salary and when do they collect it? I have a couple great local charities in mind if a recipient is not yet chosen ...

k2yeb topcommenter

Maybe now Rogers will stop making bets he won't pay, if lost. What a chump.

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

Doesn't he owe some dude on twitter a paycheck now? Deadbeat better pay up

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Brace yourself for the anti-wisconsin/packers comments.

MNjoe topcommenter

@Fred Johnston It's lose - but we get the point.

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