Nearly a year and a half ago, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was facing a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball after failing a drug test. The test showed that Braun had used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s). Because Braun’s sample was supposedly mishandled, the suspension was upheld. On Monday, the league handed down a suspension for the remainder of the season after his involvement with an ongoing investigation surrounding the Biogenesis company.
When this issue first arose, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers felt the scrutiny being focused on Braun was too intense and tried to come to his defense through the use of social media. Rodgers and Braun are business partners, owning restaurants in the Milwaukee area.
Rodgers took to Twitter after the suspension was lifted tweeting the likes of “Picked the wrong guy to mess with”. “The truth will set you free”. Using hashtags such as #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated.
Well this morning, one could ask Mr. Rodgers, how’s the crow taste now? Braun issued a statement on Monday stating this was a difficult time for his family. Excuse me? No one forced PED’s into his system. Braun was adamant when the accusations first arose that he never used any enhancing drugs. Today, he asks for forgiveness. Whatever.
What might end up costing Rodgers some money though is another use of Twitter. Rodgers was asked by a fan if he still felt the same way about Braun earlier this year, he didn’t skip a beat while trying to stand up for his business partner and friend.
“@toddsutton ya, I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated.”
Well, this is awkward for Rodgers now isn’t it? The tweet was from February and Rodgers got a new deal done in April. He did get a $35 million dollar signing bonus, but will be playing for just a mere $4.5 million this year under his seven-year $130 million dollar deal.
We’ll have to wait and see if the media asks a few questions about this when training camp opens for the Packers. Perhaps just yet another example of athletes that should stay off social media.