Green Bay Packers quarterback said Friday that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the news that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and close friend Ryan Braun had admitted to taken performance-enhancing drugs after denying it for more than a year.
“I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were,” Rodgers said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “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.”
Rodgers defended Braun on Twitter after the Brewers slugger denied that he had taken PEDs and had been cleared due to a technicality.
“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.”
Rodgers said he has spoken to Braun since he was given a 65-game suspension, and said they will continue their restaurant business dealings together.
“That’s yet to be determined,” Rodgers said. “I don’t regret backing a friend up. Obviously in hindsight a more measured approach would obviously be a better course of action. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward. He has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field.
“As far as the business goes, right now I’m focused on football and I have people who can help me with those issues.”
During the press conference Rodgers was also asked about the recent comments former Packers receiver Greg Jennings made about him.
“You know what, to me, I’m concerned about the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here,” he said. “We have 90 guys right now and it’s exciting to be one of the leaders of this team and I’m very confident in my style. I think the guys respond well to it.
“It’s fun being the longest-tenured guy on the team and I’ve seen a lot and been around a lot and learned a lot of lessons. One of the lessons you learn is you can’t control everything and you shouldn’t worry too much about the things that are said outside the building. You worry about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you.”