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Rodgers hasn't received Braun apology call, but they've talked since suspension

Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rodgers hasn't received Braun apology call, but they've talked since suspension

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Sep 10, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The Green Bay Packers' MVP quarterback says he has not received a phone call in the latest batch of apologies being dialed up by suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, a man he's called a friend and someone with whom he was a business partner.

However, they have talked since Braun was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodgers talked on WAUK Radio after being asked if he had received an apology call from Braun as Brewers season ticket holders have gotten from him.

He replied that he did not receive one of those calls.  However, Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger told 620WTMJ those calls were specifically designed for Brewers customers.

"He said, 'I'd like to call fans, but with an emphasis on ticket buyers, mini plan holders, reach out, apologize, listen.'  We said, 'Great!'  It was all his initiative.  He didn't want publicity about it," said Schlesinger at the time the calls started.

Rodgers said back in July, in his first public comments since the Braun suspension, "that it doesn't feel great being lied to like that.  I'm disappointed about the way it all went down."

Rodgers apparently joked Tuesday about the Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders possibly taking over the "8" role in the 8-twelve restaurants, with one now in Brookfield and another scheduled for Glendale.

Braun lost his agreement with SURG Restaurants, which plans to close Ryan Braun's Graffito and is taking his presence out of 8-twelve.

SURG restaurant co-owner Omar Shaikh initially had no comment about a possible Sanders role.