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Ryan Braun's steroid suspension makes Aaron Rodgers look really bad

Braun apparently fooled his friend and fellow Wisconsin sports superstar.
Braun apparently fooled his friend and fellow Wisconsin sports superstar.

When allegations that then-reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun used performance-enhancing drugs first came to light in February 2012, fellow Wisconsin sports superstar and California native Aaron Rodgers came to his buddy's defense. He even offered to bet his salary that Braun didn't use PEDs.

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That's looking more foolhardy than ever after Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season for "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," as an MLB statement released Sunday put it.

Here's what Rodgers had to say about the Braun allegations last year:

Rodgers hasn't yet weighed in on the suspension, but in a statement, Braun, for the first time, acknowledged making "some mistakes." Over the past year and a half, he's staunchly maintained his innocence.

Here's Braun's statement:

"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it... has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.

"I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed -- all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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