07/26/2013 01:56 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2013

Aaron Rodgers On Ryan Braun Suspension: 'It Doesn't Feel Great Being Lied To'


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his silence regarding his friend and business partner Ryan Braun's suspension on Friday afternoon.

"I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occassions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true," Rodgers said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "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."

After an arbitrator overturned the 2011 NL MVP's 50-game suspension back in February 2012, Rodgers tweeted his support for Braun and used the word "exonerated" several times.

But in the immediate aftermath following Major League Baseball's announcement that Braun was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season without pay, the three-time Pro Bowler was silent.

Speaking at Packers training camp, Rodgers echoed the sentiments of Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp, who said earlier this week that Braun should be stripped of his MVP award.

"I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend," said Kemp, per the Associated Press. "I don't think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed."



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