Aaron Rodgers Bet On Ryan Braun’s Innocence

Public figures should be careful who they rally around.


Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, considers Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun his friend.  They run a successful restaurant in Wisconsin together, 8-twelve MVP Bar and Grill.  They are possibly the most recognizable sports figures in their home state.

So, when Ryan Braun was accused of using performance enhancing drugs, Rodgers naturally came to his defense.  Rodgers accused the media and MLB of taking a “guilty until proven innocent” stance.  When Braun’s case was decided and the slugger was cleared of the accusations, Rodgers took to Twitter to show his support.

Fans reacted, some positively to Rodgers’ support.  Others lashed out.  One fan called Rodgers out and asked point blank “you really believe he didn’t you PED’s???? “.

It is Rodgers’ response that is drawing attention now that Braun has accepted MLB’s 65 game suspension for PED use and his involvement in the Biogenisis case.  You see, Rodgers was so confident in his friend’s innocence, he put his money where his mouth is.

For those wondering, that’s over $8 million worth of salary.

No one expects Rodgers to “pay up” on a bet that he didn’t actually make.  No one thinks the quarterback is actually going to sacrifice his salary because another athlete refused to play the game clean.

Maybe Aaron Rodgers will be more careful who he puts his faith in next time.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at i70baseball.
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