Monday was a sad day in Wisconsin. Even though we pretty much all knew it was coming, MLB finally suspended Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, AKA the Hebrew Hammer, for violating the league’s drug policy.
The suspension of the team’s best player for allegedly using PEDs goes nicely with the turd of the season the Brewers are in the midst of. Out of it by the end of May. Check. Best player and face of the franchise becomes a national embarrassment. Check. Training camp can’t get here fast enough. Check.
During Braun’s last brush with the baseball police — one in which he avoided suspension based on a mishandled urine sample and all the while adamantly defended his innocence — Green Bay Packers quarterback and Braun’s business partner in two Milwaukee restaurants, Aaron Rodgers, also adamantly defended Braun.
Because that’s what you do for your boys.
Rodgers probably regrets being so vocal after what happened yesterday. Not only did Rodgers tell the media he stood by Braun at the time of the original fiasco, he also said I told you so after Braun was cleared. Oh, and then he defended Braun with this boneheaded tweet.
— Todd Sutton (@toddsutton) February 23, 2012
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
Rodgers, of course, hasn’t said anything about Braun since the suspension — 65 games, the remainder of the season — came down yesterday.
And what can he say?
Only what all the rest of us can say. We were taken because we wanted to believe that Ryan Braun was telling the truth. And now we’re the assholes.
What a buzzkill. Rodgers will keep quiet about it. He knows not to stoke the fire. And of course that giant douchebag Viking lover Florio over at profootballtalk is taking the TMZ approach and turning the whole Rodgers/Braun thing into a soap opera.
Now we’ve got to suffer through double-talk, bullshit, excuses, and explanations…
…because Rodgers makes/has too much money to be/admit he was wrong.
No, Rodgers should issue a statement immediately, so that the questions don’t get asked during training camp.
The statement, of course, will go something like this- “Like everyone close to Ryan and all his fans, I am disappointed by the news of Ryan’s suspension. As his friend, I will continue to support him and look forward to the day he gets back on the field. Thank you.”
Once Braun’s name appeared in the logs of Biogenesis, he was guilty as sin. Anyone who remained believing otherwise is intentionally ignorant.
He should say all that and then quietly start removing himself from any and all involvement with the Jerusalem Juicer. Braun is a fucking disgrace and unless Rodgers knew all along, he can’t be associated with him anymore.
What a couple a homos.
And I know homos, trust me…
I guess his high profile lawyers weren’t THAT good. The truth caught up to him. Still a fan of his…I realize drugs are just part of the game these days. How many Packers you think are juicing? How about the NFL as a whole? there’s your next story…well, maybe not…don’t want to get sued for slander or anything.
Good point. I think Clay Matthews was probably on some kind of performing enhancing drugs at some time. Of course, its just speculation. But if I had to guess anyone on the packers, I would pick Matthews. He was very undersized at USC and then he became huge in a short amount on time. In fact, I am surprised no one mentioned it. Of course, he could add on weight. But his size at USC was a lot different than in the NFL.
If I’m Todd Sutton, I’m calling AR out and calling in the bet. Going to be a good year for Sutton because isn’t Rodgers cash haul this year somewhere around $40MM?
And then, if I’m AR I’m going to go find Braun and kick the shit out of him.
A-Rodge promised his “salary,” which is actually low this season thanks to the bonus he got.
Rodgers doesn’t have to say shit to pacify a bunch of whiners hiding behind Twitter feeds and anonymous blogs. He defended a friend. That’s his only crime. He didn’t lie. He didn’t take PED’s. Braun owes HIM an apology.
Sorry, but I think signing huge checks to go into business with a guy that outright LIED to you, and let you stake your reputation on defending that lie, is karma enough for a couple of snotty Tweets. And Florio and the rest who are critisizing him right now are simply piling on.
your right. braun owes a lot of people an apology. but
dream on. braun’s attny will not allow it. and lets face
braun’s best friend is his attorney.
it is what it is, he was defending a friend and got burnt. most of us have a friend that we defended at some time that turned around and hosed us. it is not a good feeling, but hey, it happens.
agree. Rodgers had his buddy’s back, which is admirable, and it backfired on him. Rumors are that Braun is still not truly admitting to it, but says he “took one for the team.” I hope to god that is not true. Either way, it seems like Braun is a real piece of shit. If there is any hope to save a little bit of his image, one of his close friends (Rodgers) needs to tell him to stop dodging the media, and sincerely apologize for lying, and ruining people’s lives in the process (the guy that “mis-handled” his urine). Do the opposite of what Lance Armstrong did, show some true regret, be sincere, and people will forget. I won’t hold my breath for that to happen.
Twitter is lame, Braun lied, and Rodgers tried to do what any friend would do by sticking up for him. Whatever anyone else says they can take and shove directly up their ass.
I cant take credit for it, but someone on another blog re-nicknamed him the “Jerusalem Juicer” hahaha I’m almost happy he got caught, SOLELY for the fact that it created a womb for that wondrous name to be born…
And yea, Aaron should kick Ryan Braun’s ass a little bit.
Rodgers didn’t promise anything. He was metaphorically speaking. It’s like saying “I’m so hungry that I could eat a horse”.
Naaah, he put in writing “He’d put his salary on it”. Not just a euphimism, but a throw down, and in the process, it contains the elements of a contract.
Consideration (his salary), promise (he didn’t do it) for an act (he did it) and parties.
If I’m Sutton, I’m calling a stud-hoss attorney.
$12MM is $12MM.
and what did Sutton put up to make this a bet or a contract of some sort?
He didn’t to his credit. Just shittin’ anyway, but it came damn close.
Sutton seems to be a good head and just playing with it.
But I bet AR checks himself next time he wants to go to the wall for a bud, and that’s a shame.
But Rodgers said ‘Pony up’ implying he was looking to have that bet matched…not just giving away his salary. So unless Donald Trump, Charles Barkley, or anyone else came up with a suitcase full of greenbacks to match Aaron’s salary and the bet was consummated, I’d say he owes this guy jack squat.
so far AR has been quiet – i’ll wait or his say