Aaron Rodgers on Ryan Braun: 'Shocked' and 'disappointed' over recent events

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News of Braun's connection to performance-enhancing drugs was difficult for the Packers QB to stomach.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers defended Ryan Braun when others accused the Milwaukee Brewers player of using performance-enhancing drugs. The All-Pro quarterback has changed his stance following the latter's recent suspsnesion, however, telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he was hurt and disappointed to learn that Braun had basically admitted to using PEDs when addressing his 65-game suspension.

"I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were," Rodgers said. "It doesn't feel great being lied to like that and I'm disappointed in the way it all went down"

Rodgers added that Braun "looked [him] in the eye on multiple occasions" and denied that there was any truth to the allegations of PED use. Rodgers had been an outspoken defender of Braun in public settings and was so confident in his friend's innocence he once told a fan he'd bet his 2013 salary that Braun is clean.

Rodgers isn't the only person Braun hurt, though, because his Brewers teammates were upset to learn that they'd been lied to as well after Braun went to teammates last year to discuss the allegations and ask for their support.

Braun was suspended for the remainder of the MLB season on Monday.

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