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Aaron Rodgers: Ryan Braun lied to me

Jul 26, 2013, 3:07 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the most vocal defenders of Ryan Braun during his drug test/appeal drama last year. Rodgers blasted anyone who doubted Braun at the time, saying  “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man” and that they “Picked the wrong guy to mess with.” There was also some “Truth will set u free #exonerated” stuff and a lot of other tweets which suggested, in no uncertain terms, that Rodgers thought it was an impossibility that Braun took any PEDs.

After this week’s events it was pretty obvious that some microphones were going to be put in Rodgers’ face. And it was also pretty obvious that Rodgers would either have to offer up a “no comment” or say what seems pretty clear: Braun lied to his face.  He took the latter tack:

“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.”

Rodgers is business partners with Braun too, and they’re supposed to open a restaurant soon. He said the fate of that project is  “yet to be determined.”  He clearly seemed hurt by Braun based on his comments.

As I said the other day, the people Braun knew and lied to personally are among those who have a right to be really angry here and are the folks who are owed an apology.  Putting Rodgers in that position and relying on his good name and good will when he knew he had lied to the guy is pretty awful.

  1. pack93z - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Agreed… Braun does owe his teammates, team, family and friends at the very least an apology.

    I cannot believe that Braun could not have gotten a better statement prepared while accepting his suspension than what he did.. one that would have included an apology and regret for all those people that directly supported him based on his word and ignored a test. Instead, he is leaving all the pieces out there for those that supported him the most to answer for him now.. and some are blaming Rodgers for throwing him under the bus.

    Really?? My opinion, Braun deserves at least this is all reports are true.

  2. bfunk1978 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Shocker.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Exonerated!

  4. fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    who cares about the bro-mance just pay up the 31 million you bet.
    nobody really cares, lets see if your word is worth anything.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Hmm…Rodgers seems like a pretty standup guy.

      Braun must be borderline-sociopathic to lie so effortlessly.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      An offer of a wager has to be countered and accepted to be a complete bet.

      • GoneYickitty - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        “I’d put my salary next year on it,” Rodgers tweeted, along with “#ponyup #exonerated.”

        Rogers made a promise and now he is as full of shit as Braun. There is no magic finger-crossing tricks that will make Rogers be good to his word other than paying up.

        And let me guess, you’re from Wisconsin.

      • GoneYickitty - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        And yes, it would be absurd for him to pay … almost as absurd as making a stupid statement about how if some jock was finally caught cheating he would be willing to pay out millions of dollars.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        How do people seriously not know how bets are made?

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        He didn’t say “I will give you my salary if he’s dirty.” That would be a promise (well, if he said he promised).

        Saying that you will make a bet is not a bet. It only becomes a bet if another party accepts the wager and terms are agreed on. I really can’t break it down more for you.

        I’m from Minneapolis.

      • GoneYickitty - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        How do people seriously not know the difference between a real bet and the unconditional staking of monetary value to prove confidence in some “fact” that ends up being completely false?

    • nategearhart - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      You’re kidding right?

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      No one accepted his bet, so he won’t have to pay up.

  5. Stiller43 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    You shouldnt be business partners with someone who you call a friend and is willing to look you in your eye and lie to you…

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Stiller…at the time he didn’t realize his friend was looking him in the eyes and lying to him.
      Now he does.
      That is why (I am guessing) the restaurant partnership has “yet to be determined.”

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

  7. schlom - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This is awesome, steroid talk coming from a NFL player. Someone should ask Rodgers if he takes steroids – I’d like to hear his answer.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I bet it would be “No.”

      • schlom - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Ha! Do you really believe that or do you just want to believe that?

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        I really believe that’s what Rodgers would say.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      If you look at NFL quarterbacks, quite a few of them are rather scrawny.

      I’ve seen beach pics of Tom Brady, and he’s not even ripped or muscled. Looks like a normal schlub in fact.

      However, the other guys on the team…you CAN’T tell me that these rhinoceros-sized freaks are 100% au natural.

      I know the NFL has a strict testing policy in place, and has since the ’80s…to their credit…but SOMETHING ain’t right. Just looking at the sizes of these guys should tell you that.

      HGH? I dunno…

      • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        HGH? I dunno…

        Yes. Yes it is HGH. That is not a banned substance and is difficult to test. The NFL is clean of the banned substances, but chalk full of the yet-to-be-banned ones. That said, the NFL’s track records is still leaps and bounds ahead of the MLB’s track record on this subject. I’m just happy to see the MLB is catching up and has clearly been serious about it the last 5-10 years.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        True…and MLB is testing for HGH now, which the NFL is only now getting around to.

        Bottom line is there are chemists out there working ’round the clock to create new PEDs which are undetectable.

        Sports leagues can only be reactive to these new chemicals that emerge. I’m not sure what the endgame is, but it seems kinda futile to me.

      • schlom - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        You do know that Aaron Rodgers is the same height as Ryan Braun but listed at 20 pounds heavier right? I’d like to know where you are from where 6’2″ 225 is considered scrawny.

        I think it’s funny that you think the NFL has a strict testing policy in place – it’s obvious that they don’t. I’d think the percentage of linemen that use steroids is probably close to 100%. Same goes for all the other positions yet they never seem to catch anyone.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I didn’t say Rodgers is scrawny, nor did I say that ALL quarterbacks are scrawny.

        Re-read what I said…I said SOME of them are. Brady is VERY tall, but he’s not heavily muscled…neither are the Manning brothers.

        Quarterbacks don’t really need to be. This is just an observation…and I’m simply saying “scrawny” by pro sports/NFL standards, not “everyday people” scrawny.

        As far as the NFL’s testing program…it’s been in place far longer than MLB’s, and players DO get suspended.

        And again…re-read my post. I specifically stated that SOMETHING ain’t right with the NFL based on the sheer massiveness of the players.

        Reading comprehension is your friend.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Schlom–There were 21 PED suspensions in the NFL in 2012.

      • yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        One of the worst things about PED’s are the people who automatically decide all athletes in a given sport are dirty. Makes the average schlom think he could compete if only…

  8. tfbuckfutter - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I wouldn’t open a restaurant with Braun.

    He’ll steal all the condiments and then blame it on the bus boys.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      And those bus boys are illegal immigrants earning sub-minimum wage that Braun knowingly hired.

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I meant he would scam the system to be more successful, is all.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      You know you want a burger w/ Braun’s special sauce. Don’t lie.

      • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Gross.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        His special sauce consists of thousand island dressing, horse semen, deer antler, rhino tusk and bat anus.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        I meant testosterone. Ewww.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        I know, right? Thousand island dressing is gross.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        ha ha

        That’s why I love you.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I gotta get me one of those burgers. And I don’t even eat beef. First time a burger could build muscle mass rather than gut mass….

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Where have you been?

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Working. A lot. Was really sick two weeks ago and missed a whole week of work, in catchup mode since. Also had to fly to Cupertino yesterday to figure out what the heck is going on down there and why they are out of sync with the Seattle team, and then fly back. Two flights in one day kind of sucks. At least it wasn’t our team in Chennai, India right?

        (I’ve jokingly suggested we do a ‘day trip’ to Chennai given that its like a 22 hour flight. I shouldn’t have done that, some manager will end up thinking its a great idea…)

        Also, I am now horrified by the process being followed down there, its straight out of the early 90’s and they are not receptive to modern methodology in the slightest. Going to have to escalate this. I have been stressing about my own team’s archaic methodology. I just learned it could be a whole hell of a lot worse. Upon reporting today on my trip I was asked by one of our developers “Given your state of shock do you need a hug?” The answer was ‘yes’. ;)

        There you go, TMI about my work life.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        You need some baseball.

      • richeich - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        The brewers are whiners, and can’ stand the heat. They shouldn’t hav a phone if they can’t accept criticism.
        They like to criticize non Brewer plater, or even their fans.They haven’t got the guts to reprimand the whiny
        Player, or employers who don’t know right from wrong, and the Brewers are cowards enough to let employees
        Gt away with wrong, or bloody murder.Go find another city to play in.We want men not cry babies here.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        If only I had the time. HBT and my fantasy league at least make me feel like baseball is still part of my life, but I have not actually watched a game this season. I was told at my last performance evaluation that they like my ideas and want me to step up and make changes, that I would have management backing. So I have been focusing a lot on work this year.

        Process is important to me, and that I finally have management who recognizes its value is encouraging. And while money is not a huge motivator, I can’t say that the number of shares of our rapidly appreciating stock I am up for in my next review are not a motivating factor.

        I just have to keep reminding myself that paying off my house is *far* more important than buying a Tesla Model S. Because it is. Really. Stop trying to justify it! ARGH!

        I’m rambling. I need to catch a game. Come visit and I’ll take you to Safeco. Its splendiferous.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        You are very fortunate. It’s great to have a job that you find fulfilling.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        In my first year here I was considering leaving. But about nine months ago management changed due to the scaling problems the methodology they were insisting on was having. I had an opening and started pushing a move to modern methodology, and yes I am finding that very satisfying.

        They hired me from Microsoft because I had experience with scaling development/test processes when your customer base is in the millions/tens of millions/hundreds of millions. But then they ignored that. Now it seems the new managers want to benefit from that experience, finally, and myself and a few others who were hired for that insight are finally getting to push the changes needed. Its a culture shock for a lot of the long time people here though.

        I’m rambling. I’m fired up about this and feeling like my expertise is finally being utilized. It makes me actually look forward to going to work. Gone from “this was a mistake” to “I can make a serious difference” and that is very fulfilling.

        But yes, I need to take some time for baseball.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Skip the car. Get a ticket package.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        1) The car isn’t happening. Its a fantasy. I am a practical person, and that would by far be the most irresponsible thing I’d ever done with money. And to be clear, the second most irresponsible thing was dropping a grand on a 55″ tv in January. So the gap between that and a car that runs $110k configured how I’d want it is rather…large. So no, its not happening as much as I wish it could. My Jeep is paid for, and really that’s a difficult hurdle to overcome in my mind.

        2) As much as I’d like the ticket package, its not so much the money as the time commitment. Between work, caring for my father(Alzheimer’s and lives at my house), and other obligations, I just don’t get to have the personal life I want. It is frustrating and depressing, but its just life.

        3) I need a friend or visitor who gives me a solid excuse/reason to catch a game every so often. That’s usually how I catch movies, find someone I feel needs to be taken out to one. Besides, going alone is just depressing.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        What? I go to games by myself all the time.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Honestly if I’m on my own I’d rather just watch it on tv. I like having someone there to appreciate it with(or teach if they are not a fan).

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        It has been my experience that baseball fans are friendly and if you are alone, people around you are inclined to have exchanges with you (and sometimes offer you peanuts). There’s no point not getting to enjoy things you like just because you’re by yourself.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        But that might be different in a big place. Although, I went to a game in Atlanta by myself once when I was there on business.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Just always feel awkward if no one is with me. Sucks that the gf is in DC for the foreseeable future.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        Well, you don’t *have* to. I’m just saying don’t deny yourself because of that.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        So what your really saying here is that you won’t go to a game with me….

        Sad panda.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        I did not say that. I’ve never been to a game up there and I’d love, love, love to see Felix pitch. And the beer is probably pretty good. Say, why don’t you go to games again? lol

      • Reflex - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Just say when and its on me.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Tease.

        he he

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Really? Bat anus? You had to jump of the deep end by adding “bat anus.”
      Horse semen, deer antler, rhino tusk and thousand island dressing wasn’t enough for you.
      Nope…point not taken. Gotta add “bat anus.”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      And thousand island dressing is most certainly NOT gross.
      I almost busted your balls for that crack in the previous post.
      But the bat anus part trumped it.

      • yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        It may not be gross (or it may) but waiters will judge you when you order it.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Ha! Perhaps. In fact…it may be likely.
        It certainly wouldn’t be the first time. I can handle.

  9. dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Rodgers wasn’t the only friend that he lied to. He seems to have no issues lying to any of his friends, so why would he feel bad about lying to anyone else.

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_23718283/minnesota-twins-plouffe-diffident-about-friend-brauns-suspension

  10. barroomhero80 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Sucks when your significant other lies to you. Bet he wishes he stood with clay

  11. Marty McKee - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    These friends of Braun’s are weird and not too bright. Was there ever any doubt that Braun used steroids? He got the charge kicked on a technicality. I didn’t think anyone actually believed that his sample magically turned positive simply because it sat in Dino’s fridge for two days.

    • saints97 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Yeah, it is pretty amazing that there were enough rubes in the world to buy that pathetic attempt at an excuse. Then again, there are lots of people who believe in psychics, so I suppose that Braun’s Magic Piss Theory wasn’t all that crazy in comparison to a lot of things morons are willing to buy into.

  12. 13arod - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    He lied to everybody

  13. jerze2387 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Guess he should have discount double checked to make sure he was right before he backed him up…

  14. jhop86 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Almost same article in PRO football talk that’s original

  15. chiadam - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    It’s not that Rodgers backed up a friend, he went way overboard in doing so. He came off like a smug jackass. Leftover crow is in the fridge. #nowwhosexonerated.

  16. mudhead123 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    So he is that gullible? Braun already tested positive.

  17. jdubfla - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Personally i cannot stand Aaron Rodgers
    He never should have said what he said the first time as he has no business commenting on baseball matters
    HOWEVER
    as much as i dislike him
    This statement was well done
    And I believe heartfelt
    Now lets see if he continues doing business with the liar

    • mikejr80 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Ryan Braun is a freaking scum bag. To sit in front of the whole and utterly deny he didn’t do anything is disgusting and pisses me off as a fan till no end. But in baseball it’s become the thing to do. Commissioner Selig said baseball is cleaner than ever and clearly that’s a lie. I might start a baseball campaign, to rid the liars and cheats. Someone has to.

  18. tiger7575 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Aaron, talk to Bob Kraft, he is in an “I’ve been duped”
    Group therapy meeting!

  19. macjacmccoy - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    “Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the most vocal defenders of Ryan Braun during his drug test/appeal drama last year”

    You mean besides yourself, right Craig?

  20. zeeman911 - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    That’s the starting QB of your team, you won’t get a penny out of him, you are only as good as your word and his word is worth shiiiit! I suspect this is an omen to the season, look for the lions to take the NFC north this year..

  21. corvusrex96 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Perhaps Rodgers should be tested for the same stuff that Braun is being linked to ? Might be an interesting result

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