Here is what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to say about the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, his friend and business partner, during his post-practice press conference in the locker room on Friday.
On his reaction to Braun getting suspended for 65 games and essentially admitting he was guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs:
"Well, I was shocked, I really was, just like I know many of you were. I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they werenít true. So it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, Major League Baseball fans. It doesnít feel great being lied to like that, and Iím disappointed about the way it all went down."
On Braun violating the fans' trust:
"Well, itís important. Fans are what make our business go. Weíre fortunate here in Wisconsin to have some of the best sports fans, from Packer fans, Brewer fans, Bucks fans, fans that stick behind their team Ė win or lose. Weíve been fortunate here in Green Bay to have some success and continue to keep this thing going and give our fans a lot to cheer about. The Brewers have had some success as well the last few years. Itís important to make sure to keep those guys on your side."
On whether Braun has reached out to him:
"Yeah, Iíve talked to him."
On how their relationship will be affected, personally and from a business standpoint:
"Thatís yet to be determined yet. I donít regret backing a friend up. Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action. People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward. Obviously, 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 Iím focused on football, and I have people who can help me work with those type of issues."
On whether he still considers him a friend:
"I was disappointed by the way it went down. I trusted him, and thatís the thing that probably hurts the most."