Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is most likely in shock following the news of his good friend Ryan Braun admitting to the fact that he has “made some mistakes” and suspended for the rest of the 2013 MLB season. Rodgers came out in full force 18 months ago when the first shoe dropped on the Braun saga. Rodgers even went as far as to bet his base salary of $4.5 million this season on the fact that Braun was innocent. At this point, Rodgers must make good on his bet.
The exchange occurred on February 22, 2012 in which a Mr. Todd Sutton questioned Rodgers’ previous tweets about how “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man.”
“You really believe he didn’t you PED’s???? #delusional,” Sutton tweeted.
“I’d put my salary next year on it #ponyup #exonerated,” Rodgers tweeted back in response.
People throw around the phrase that they will put money on it without actually making a legitimate bet. Rodgers was clearly using it as a way to show his confidence and support for his friend. With that being said, Rodgers really cannot back out of this one. It is already bad enough that Wisconsin sports fans have to witness one of their heroes turn into a complete liar. To have Rodgers become one as well would be detrimental to the mental balance of the entire state.
Obviously, $4.5 million is a lot of money for Rodgers to hand over. Even though he signed the richest contract in NFL history, one cannot ask Rodgers to part ways with that kind of cash. However, it would be totally acceptable if Rodgers asked Braun to pay the bet instead. If the slugger wants to start repairing his friendship with the signal caller, he might want to ask whom he should make the check out to as soon as possible.