It is no secret that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun are good friends, however apparently there was a secret between the two. Ryan Braun kept his performance enhancing drug use secret from Rodgers, and hurt him in the process. It may be cliche, but it shows why they say ‘friends don’t keep secrets’.
Speaking for the first time since the 65 game suspension of his friend and co-restaurateur was announced, Aaron Rodgers said that “I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were. 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.”
Aaron Rodgers was made to look like a fool for sticking up for Braun during the investigation. Repeatedly Tweeting support for his friend, Rodgers lost a bet of his entire year’s salary during one exchange of Tweets.
Willing to forgive and forget, Rodgers is focused on moving forward despite being lied to by a good friend in Ryan Braun. “Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action. People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward,” the Packers star said. “Obviously, he has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field.”
The former NFL MVP also said that he has no plans to back out of the bar the two have together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The establishment is named 8-Twelve, in honor of their jersey numbers. “As far as the business goes, right now I’m focused on football, and I have people who can help me work with those types of issues,” he said before training camp opened up for the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers has taken a great deal of criticism for sticking up for his friend from the media in the aftermath of the media. The truth is he is simply a man who was lied to and hurt by his friend, a situation we have all been in at one time or another. How he has responded to the situation shows us once again why Rodgers is such a likable guy, willing to forgive Ryan Braun and move on despite being hurt by lies.
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