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Aaron Rodgers explains his defense of Ryan Braun

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who typically steers clear of controversy, was candid when Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was suspended for violating baseball’s steroids policy.  When the news of the violation broke in December, Rodgers called the allegations “ridiculous.”  After Braun was exonerated, Rodgers invited the media to feast on crow.

In an interview with the media outlet that first reported the pending Braun suspension, Rodgers explained his decision to sound off on Braun, with whom Rodgers has partnered in a Brookfield, Wisconsin restaurant that opened in July.

“He told me the truth and I believed him and I felt like there were some media outlets that immediately jumped on a story like that,” Rodgers told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman.  “And the ramifications that can happen in this business when it’s a guilty until proven innocent system are far reaching.  And it’s not just personal and reputation stuff, it’s dollars through endorsements.”

Rodgers is right.  And that’s why we periodically harp on the importance of maintaining confidentiality until any suspension has been finalized, especially when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs.  Sometimes, the player is exonerated, but the stigma doesn’t disappear.

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40 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers explains his defense of Ryan Braun”
  1. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 2, 2012 9:22 AM

    scoreboard!

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 2, 2012 9:23 AM

    Ryan Braun? Is he that 3rd string QB for the Rams…?

    Never heard of ‘em.

  3. jts1207 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:26 AM

    Is this a joke? Ryan Braun is as guilty as they come. Getting off on a technicality does not make you innocent.

  4. windycity0301 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:26 AM

    I wouldn’t say he was exonerated. He got off on a technicality, but definitely not “exonerated”.

  5. dremmel69 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:28 AM

    Good point, no doubt. But Braun’s problems also came from other players who previously tested positive. Ridiculous denials or lame excuses are now almost expected in these situations.

  6. papacrick says: Sep 2, 2012 9:32 AM

    Well that explains his defense of Braun. Didn’t wanna hurt the sales at their new restaurant. Always an ulterior motive

  7. hooockey says: Sep 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    Keep in mind that Lloyd Braun got off on a technicality: someone had mishandled his sample. It wasn’t a 2nd test (clean) that exonerated him.

  8. taskforcefreddy says: Sep 2, 2012 9:43 AM

    The story was leaked out throughout the WI area that Braun was on a steroid for an STD he contracted which is why he popped hot but in order to save himself from the embarrassment, appealed the suspension. In the end, he won the appeal, saved face, and is the leading NL MVP candidate. Smart move.

  9. vienners says: Sep 2, 2012 9:44 AM

    Rodgers is right. And that’s why we periodically harp on the importance of maintaining confidentiality until any suspension has been finalized, especially when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. Sometimes, the player is exonerated, but the stigma doesn’t disappear.
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    WOW Mike Great job sucking up to Rodgers. You do know that Ryan Braun was let go only because of technicality right?

  10. keithbangedyermom says: Sep 2, 2012 9:46 AM

    Braun was certainly guilty. He has the stigma because he took PEDs and got off because the testing official was an idiot.

  11. nosoupforyou2012 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    I understand Rodgers’ point, but Braun was exonerated on a technicality. Braun was able to prove that protocol wasn’t followed in obtaining the sample, not that he was clean of PEDs. So in the court of public opinion, doubt has been cast and in my opinion, rightfully so.

  12. source7769 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:00 AM

    he still failed the fn test he was exonerated cuz the guy left the test sit for 2 days and they said it wouldnt spike the numbers if it were left even longer pipe down rogers unless of course you have something to hide yourself

  13. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 2, 2012 10:07 AM

    Rodgers — “And it’s not just personal and reputation stuff, it’s dollars through endorsements.”

    —————————-

    Glad we know what’s really important to you – Mr. Discount Double-Check.

    You’ll be glad to know that PLENTY of mediocre qb’s have won just a single Super Bowl, and still gotten lots of face time on TV. Kenny Stabler, Trent Dilfer, Phil Simms and Kurt Warner all come immediately to mind. So, you can relax now.

  14. chrishavelsux says: Sep 2, 2012 10:10 AM

    First the picture the other day of Karen with cream all over his face, now this report that he’s “partnered” with Braun. What’s going on with your quarterback, Packer fans?

  15. leatherface2012 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:10 AM

    rodgers just says this stuff for the time when he has to be “exonerated”

  16. leatherface2012 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    test

  17. hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    Yeah, since the test Braun has presumably been tested frequently for banned substances and look at how his numbers have dropped this season from last… oh wait, they haven’t.

  18. hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    You’ve got to love Wisconsin. We have the NL MVP (Braun), NFL MVP (Rodgers) and come November the U.S. VP (Paul Ryan).

    (We also have Miss America but that doesn’t flow with the whole VP thing)

  19. onbucky96 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    “Some media outlets”, code phrase for ESPN. Suck it OTL!

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    Lance Armstrong wants an explanation.

  21. timpiker says: Sep 2, 2012 10:27 AM

    Hey Florio – get your facts straight! Everybody knows Braun was guilty and that he got off on a technicality.

    Like the guys with a stash of drugs and the cops didn’t get the search warrant does not not make them innocent !

    Ryan Braun is dirty.

  22. dezolationangel says: Sep 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    You’d have to be an idiot to think these guys aren’t still doping. The stuff is gone in days. It doesn’t linger. These tests can’t keep up with science.

  23. karl1210 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:46 AM

    Rodgers to me always comes off as arrogant, smug, and conceded. He is the type of guy if you make a mistake or make a prediction that ends up wrong that he will be there to rub your face in it. If anyone ever criticizes the guy or has ever criticized he will take it as a personal insult and he will go out of his was to be a condescending jerk in any interviews or articles about the said person. Grow up Rodgers you man child.

  24. Megatron says: Sep 2, 2012 10:46 AM

    It wasn’t a technicality Braun was exonerated by, it was a complete and blatant violation of the drug testing policy. The handler stored it in his home, where it easily could have been tampered with, while there was multiple facilities he could have taken the sample to for shipment at any time, as proven by the Braun camp.

    Also, he was tested immediately after the “positive” test, within 24 hours of the results being illegally leaked, and came up clean. He’s been subject to intensive testing all season, and continues to test clean. And with 30 games to go this season, he has already exceeded his HR totals from last season, and all the rest of his numbers are nearly identical, all without the protection provided by having Fielder bat behind him like last year. What else does the guy have to do to prove his innocence?

  25. stellarperformance says: Sep 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    The agency that handles the drug testing is the same that does the bicycling worldwide. Out of all test results that came back positive, from all disciplines, Ryan Braun test results were 10 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NEXT CLOSEST, IN THE PREVIOUS TEN YEARS!

    That is inconceivable. That fact alone should’ve gotten him off the hook. I can see being the highest if you were dirty, somebody has to be in first place, but 10 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NEXT HIGHEST EVER? No way.

    This is what you call tampering, and I applaud him for getting out of it.

  26. stellarperformance says: Sep 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    You’ve got to love Wisconsin. We have the NL MVP (Braun), NFL MVP (Rodgers) and come November the U.S. VP (Paul Ryan).
    ===================================

    Two out of three isn’t bad. The liar amongst this group doesn’t play sports.

  27. ufullpj says: Sep 2, 2012 11:53 AM

    Braun’s legal team had one primary objective: to overturn a 50 game suspension. The agreed upon handling procedure (by MLB & MLBPA) was grossly violated, and his legal team realized that it was the easiest way to negate the suspension. End of story. If it was anyone’s butt on the line for a crime they did or did not commit, and your legal team gave you two choices – fight the charges to prove your innocence, which is rarely, if ever, successful, or attempt to invalid the evidence that was improperly collected or handled, there’s not one person on here who would advise the legal team to fight for innocence.

    There’s a ton of people who can hide behind false names and show their twitter & comment board muscles, but not one of you – and that includes myself – knows the truth. If he did it, suspend him. If he didn’t, then shut up.

    However, judging on the body of work, statistically speaking, he’s been remarkably consistent, so it’s not a Brady Anderson / Melky Carbrara / Bartolo Colon thing of a sudden surge in numbers or success after at an older age; he’s never failed a drug test, and he’s in that class of draftees that’s been tested through college, the minors, and now MLB; however, if he was juicing, he’s the thinnest steroid freak with the smallest head ever.

  28. karl1210 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:02 PM

    hannahduccab says:
    Sep 2, 2012 10:17 AM
    You’ve got to love Wisconsin. We have the NL MVP (Braun), NFL MVP (Rodgers) and come November the U.S. VP (Paul Ryan).

    (We also have Miss America but that doesn’t flow with the whole VP thing)
    ————————————————————

    Wisconsin sport fans are becoming just as annoying as Boston and New York fans. Get over yourselves. And there is no way in hell that Romney and Ryan will win fyi.

  29. bfrsd says: Sep 2, 2012 2:09 PM

    All the circumstances surrounding Braun’s negative test were fishy. Even the guys who took the sampling have shady backgrounds. The guy never tested positive throughout his entire career and his followup test administered immediately after his “positive” test came back negative as well.

    On top of that, his t-levels were through the roof. More than the average bodybuilder who goes crazy with the stuff. How can several of you guaranty he’s dirty when all signs point to the whole situation being extremely fishy?

    Lastly, I don’t consider myself a democrat or a republican but I love politics. Anyone who thinks Pres Obama’s done a good job is either completely ignorant or a socialist. The guys failed on every aspect he ran on. Just look at his record.

  30. stayclassyasheville says: Sep 2, 2012 2:53 PM

    Rogers is a tool for supporting steroid user Braun. Braun is guilty in the court of public opinion. Stevie Wonder can see he’s guilty!

  31. hodaghunter says: Sep 2, 2012 2:54 PM

    All these arguments are besides the point. The point is the process is supposed to be CONFIDENTIAL. We should have never known about the positive test or the appeal process. Someone should have gotten fired for leaking the information.

  32. hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 3:24 PM

    stellarperformance says: Sep 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    You’ve got to love Wisconsin. We have the NL MVP (Braun), NFL MVP (Rodgers) and come November the U.S. VP (Paul Ryan).
    ===================================

    Two out of three isn’t bad. The liar amongst this group doesn’t play sports.

    ===================================

    Yeah, like the time Paul Ryan said he would cut the federal deficit in half in his first term and when he plagiarized a speech and claimed it as his own. Oops, my bad, that was Obama and Biden – respectively.

    Let’s get back to sports – Braun just hit another dinger against the Pirates, btw…

  33. apm says: Sep 2, 2012 4:07 PM

    Politics AND PEDS. Awesome comment thread.

  34. stellarperformance says: Sep 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    hannahduccab says: Sep 2, 2012 3:24 PM
    Let’s get back to sports –
    ===================================

    Yeah, let’s do that, because your previous political commentary was FOS.

  35. thepvyharvin says: Sep 2, 2012 7:11 PM

    Rodgers sounded off for Braunswieger because there is more than a restaurant between them,,,if you know what I’m saying!

  36. neelymessier says: Sep 2, 2012 7:45 PM

    no 2nd test of the original sample exonerated Braun. Conte from Balco has recently explained how these tests are routinel beaten.

    Braun’s sample didn’t break protocol. The samples were tested in two labs after Rodgera signed the seals, which remained sealed until they were opened at the lab.

    There is no known scientific explanation how keeping them cool in house would cause more testosterone. If the man who handled the sample wanted to contaminate it, he could have done so on his way to Fedex.

    Truth is is Braun failed that test and has not been caught again. Period.

    It wasn’t exactly a technicality, like a legal case, rather the handling of the sample didn’t meet the contractual obligation of MLB to the MLBPA.

    They did not have the right to punish him under the current CBA. Those that pretend he didn’t get caught and that the deision somehow proved his righteous denials, are living in a fantasy.

    Conte says the biggest use is during the offseason because of the lax testing… then people are taking less more often during the season. The first test is about testosterone epitestosterone ratio. If you fail that, they send it for the “real test”.

    Conte asks, why not start with the real test?

  37. stellarperformance says: Sep 3, 2012 7:39 AM

    thepvyharvin says: Sep 2, 2012 7:11 PM
    Rodgers sounded off for Braunswieger because there is more than a restaurant between them,,,if you know what I’m saying!
    ===============================

    No, we don’t know what you’re saying. But you sound like the voice of experience.

  38. stellarperformance says: Sep 3, 2012 7:48 AM

    neelymessier says: Sep 2, 2012 7:45 PM
    Those that pretend he didn’t get caught and that the decision somehow proved his righteous denials, are living in a fantasy.
    =================================

    How do you explain the fact that his first test result was TEN TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NEXT CLOSEST RESULT….EVER? That doesn’t sound just a little bit fishy? This was after years and years of confirmed results from other tests. Ten times higher? Yeah, right, nothing wrong. And now he is under more scrutiny than ever and his production has gone slightly up. Something is wrong with that picture and I’m glad he got off…because he should’ve gotten off.

  39. mineallmine001 says: Sep 3, 2012 3:08 PM

    Tiki and Drew want an explanation.

    I hear they are both flabbergasted about this.

  40. tjg25 says: Sep 6, 2012 6:45 PM

    Braun took test and likely still is but at a lower dose to stay under the radar. As an ARod fan I wish he’d have kept his yap shut on this one.

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