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Aaron Rodgers' Friend and Business Associate Ryan Braun Suspended by MLB

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Aaron Rodgers' Friend and Business Associate Ryan Braun Suspended by MLB

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:

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.

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The TKstinator's picture

I think this will not affect their friendship or business partnership.

Wenis's picture

You know it was only a matter of time before Braun had to face the music. If he did nothing wrong then why would he agree to the terms which included admitting that he lied about last years ordeal. He will now be known as both a liar and a cheat. Lucky for him he has a bank account like most of us dream about.

Evan's picture

And $100 million or so still 100 percent guaranteed.

dawg's picture

Brauny, Brauny, WTF!

Love to hear A-Rods response!!!!!!

A-Rod Be real !

Idiot Fan's picture

Rodgers was just defending a friend; I think we would all do the same thing for friends of ours.

What I find most heinous about Braun's ordeal is that he totally trashed the name of the sample collector back when he appealed the first suspension. Shameful stuff.

Bearmeat's picture

You know what's interesting - the haters of Rodgers are coming out of the woodwork.

He believed a friend and defended him too forcefully. Not the worst fault in the world to have.

I do wonder what Rodgers will say to the media. I hope he speaks openly and comprehensively before training camp opens. I don't want this to be a distraction to GB's run to Lomardi #5.

Oh, and Braun - you are the Hardball version on Lance Armstrong. Go away.

Tony's picture

The thing about Rodgers is that he was very clearly and very directly lied to. He was probably naive to think Braun was completely innocent after getting by on a technicality, but I'm sure he and Braun talked about it. Braun lied to literally everyone, so I have to assume AR is lumped into that category. He just bought into the "innocence" a little more than most.

RC Packer Fan's picture

So you just want Braun to go away? How about all the others that are using some sort of PED's? No one knows how many there actually are out there. We just know these guys were caught. I am willing to bet we would all be surprised at how many actually are using...

I don't want to go one and one about it, But does it not make you look at other players and question it. Like Adrian Peterson for example? How does a guy come back from a torn acl and have his best season ever the very next year? I mean does that not put questions in your mind?

PackerBacker's picture

What's really unfortunate is that some of the players using PED's has gotten the fan base so jaded that we are willing to see PED use in anything. I, for one, hope that AP hasn't ever touched the stuff. What he was able to do last season after an ACL injury was nothing short of a miracle. It would be a shame for us to diminish that due to a few athletes selfishness.
And yes, I have asked myself if he helped himself with the use of PED's and that sucks.

Bearmeat's picture

RC - What bothers me about Braun is the manner in which he went about denying PED use. He questioned the integrity of the whole testing system and its facilitators. That's a BIG jump from just denying the test results.

And yes, I too have wondered if AP is using.

Evan's picture

If a sporting accomplishment can be described as "nothing short of a miracle," that should be a big red flag.

Personally, I wouldn't be surprised by anyone. Would I be "upset" or "let down" if Rodgers of CMIII or any Packer got busted, no doubt, but not surprised.

Drealyn Williams's picture

Same goes for Hawk? Just asking...

Evan's picture

ha...okay, I would be surprised if Hawk was juicing...

Thomas's picture

I feel lied to this whole I really thought he played clean!!! I cheer for him every game and now it's a story that Wisconsin fans want to forget!!! Aaron I can't sit here and tell not to be his friend but with everything you have in your hands for the love of god don't defend him any longer. He mislead you like everyone else! Your a very smart man and our QB. Just please do the right this and have nothing to do with him. And be real to the fans please. Our sport hearts is already broken!!

devil doc's picture

Part of me thinks Rodgers already knew he was using. At least he's still supporting his friend. Shows Rodgers character and maybe even Brauns, even after the lies.

Bearmeat's picture

Covering up a lie is not character.

Bomdad's picture

I had the fried chicken at 8-twelve. I hope it really was hormone free!

Skippy's picture

I'm with the group that thinks AR may very well have known more than he let on. Braun and him were close.

No matter what. AR needs to get this behind him and focus on a new season right away. AR might consider a new PR team also. Right now, they aren't helping.

MarkinMadison's picture

Unfortunately, I have become so jaded I just assume everyone is using.

The TKstinator's picture

I'm not.
Oh, wait, what does "using" include?

some guy's picture

Rodgers is a smart dude, but he's also a bit immature at times(we all are in some respects) and has been naive about this since day one. i'm sure most people would be surprised if a friend was caught, especially one you trust.

That's why you don't stick your neck out there and proclaim someone else's innocence in public - you really have no idea. he can support his friend without saying the kinds of things that now look foolish.

In the end, not a huge deal for him. It will be annoying for a couple of weeks but it will pass when the pads go on.

dawg's picture

Braun, how dose a team recover from this?
Your teammates,coaches and fans ?
How will this effect Rodgers as a business associate w/ Braun ?
Will this effect Rodgers professionally?

MojoI's picture

I have no problem with Rodgers defending his friend last year when this story was developing. That's an admirable trait.

What I do have a problem with is Rodgers hypersensitivity to perceived slights, most of which are greatly exaggerated in his mind. He used the Braun acquittal last year to blast ESPN and anyone else who cast doubt on what at best was a flimsy defense. His reaction to the piece 60-Minutes did on him was petty. I would have been flattered. Plus, he seems to keep a scorecard on any writer, analyst or commentator who he feels doesn't give him the proper amount of respect or heaven forbid, delves into his personal life.

My advice would be to chill-out and don't worry about trying to control the narrative. ARod has a ton of positive personal characteristics and is the best player at the most important position in sports. I would say to him what he said to us a few years ago; "shut-up and enjoy the ride!"

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