Aaron Rodgers disappointed and shocked by Ryan Braun’s suspension

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It might be awhile before Aaron Rodgers believes anything Ryan Braun says.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback believed Braun when the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder told him he didn’t take performance-enhancing drugs. With Braun accepting a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball drug policy, Rodgers realizes Braun lied to him -- and he isn’t really happy about it.

“I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were,” Rodgers said. “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 and Braun are friends and the two sports stars co-own a restaurant in Milwaukee. Last year, Rodgers defended Braun against doping allegations, telling a follower on Twitter he’d bet a year’s salary that Braun was clean. No word on whether Rodgers intends to honor the tongue-in-cheek $4.5-million bet.

@toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012


Rodgers didn’t respond directly to a reporter’s question as to whether he’s still friends with Braun, but emphasized he believed in forgiveness.

“People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, he has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field.”


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.