Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended on Monday by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2013 season for the use and/or buying of performance enhancing drugs, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Terms of the suspension have been accepted by Braun, meaning he will not appeal.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is an acknowledged friend and business associate of Braun, the pair having a licensing agreement with 8-Twelve restaurant in Brookfield, Wis.
The name 8-Twelve comes from the numbers worn by the two Wisconsin sports stars (Braun’s No. 8 and Rodgers’ No. 12). A second restaurant associated with Rodgers and Braun is reported by JSOnline to open later this year.
Rodgers has been outspoken in his defense of Braun, who in accepting his suspension has also admitted to lying about his innocence dating back to a successful appeal of a 50-game suspension by MLB in 2012 for a failed drug test.
Taking to Twitter, Rodgers used strong language in response to those criticizing Braun:
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..
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
Rodgers is also quoted by ESPN.com as saying, ”I am 100 percent supporting him and am behind him and believing everything that he says.”
In defense of Rodgers, some may argue that he simply was lied to by Braun, the same as everyone else.
Whether this has any impact on their friendship or business partnership, however, is worth watching as this story continues to play itself out.