SURG restaurant owner opens up about Ryan Braun, Aaron Rodgers

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SURG restaurant owner opens up about Ryan Braun, Aaron Rodgers

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Sep 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Omar Shaikh and his company SURG restaurant group was affected by the fallout of the Ryan Braun scandal, and he is finally opening up about his feelings for Braun. Although the company cut their ties with Braun, Shaikh said his friendship with the Brewers player is as strong as ever.

“I think it’s important to say that I’m still friends with Ryan,” Shaikh said in an exclusive interview Monday morning. “I think that I have definitely forgiven him, and I think that is the first step in the healing process. He is working hard to get my trust back and gaining a lot of people’s trust back in this community.

“I don’t forget all the good things he has done for this community.”

Braun is still with the Brewers and has been doing what he can to gain back the trust of Brewers fans, including calling season ticket holders to apologize.

“We’ve talked quite a bit about it. He was feeling down at first of course,” Shaikh said. “I think he is feeling a little better as he has started to call a lot of people, and talk to a lot people. It’s been tough for him as well. He made a big mistake and I think he realizes that and he is owning up to it now. So I think things are getting better for him, but he is getting hungry to prove that he is going to do the right things for this community.”

Shaikh also spoke about SURG’s partnership with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and said, “our partnership is as strong as ever.”

“It’s just an honor to be involved with Aaron. He is such a great guy,” Shaikh said. “He is just inspirational with the work that he does with things like the MACC fund, for this community.”

SURG’s 8*12 restaurants have changed their name to HOM, and will be changing their menu on Oct. 7.