Rodgers 'shocked, disappointed' in Braun after suspension

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rodgers 'shocked, disappointed' in Braun after suspension

By Jay Sorgi with James Kust. CREATED Jul 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 26, 2013

GREEN BAY - The quarterback of the Green Bay Packers has sounded off on his friend and business partner, the now-suspended left fielder with the Milwaukee Brewers.

"Disappointing," said Aaron Rodgers about Ryan Braun and what led up to a 65-game suspension from MLB after an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

"Not only for myself as a friend, but for Wisconsin sports fans, Brewers fans, Major League Baseball doesn't feel great being lied to like that.  I'm disappointed about the way it all went down."

Rodgers, like most of the Wisconsin sports fans he cited, said he was "was shocked.  I really was" by the news which came Monday.

He also talked about his public support of Braun during the time he initially denied using PED's.

"I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren't hindsight, a more measured approach...would be the better course of action."

Rodgers said he's talked with Braun since the news came down.  When asked if he would stay Braun's friend, he admitted "that's yet to be determined.  I don't regret backing a friend up."

But, he said, "I believe in forgiveness and moving forward.  He has a tough task in front of him."

Rodgers and Braun co-own 8*twelve, a pair of restaurants in Brookfield and (soon to be opening) in Glendale.

Reporters asked him about whether that relationship would continue.  He responded by saying he has staff members who focus on that aspect of his activity during the football season.

"As far as the business goes, right now I'm focused on football."

What's lasting with Rodgers is the thing that many fans have felt in the past four days since the suspension: "I trusted him.  That's the thing that probably hurts the most."