Depending on who you talk to, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to win the NFL's 2011 MVP award. As it turns out, Rodgers is close friends with the reigning MVP of baseball's National League. And so on Tuesday, it was interesting to hear his reaction to the potential 50-game suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.
Speaking on his ESPN 540 radio show, Rodgers said that Braun is "probably my best athlete friend." Rodgers added: "I am 100 percent supporting him and am behind him and believing everything that he says."
ESPN's Outside the Lines reported over the weekend that Braun had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and will be suspended unless he overturns the results via appeal. A Braun spokesman said there are "highly unusual circumstances" surrounding the positive test and Braun told USA Today that it the ruling is "B.S."
"I just would say that I would 100 percent support Ryan and believe in him and it's not going to affect our friendship," Rodgers said. "… I am just trusting that my good friend has not been using anything that's illegal and I'm very confident that that is the case. I know how he cares about the integrity of the game and wouldn't do anything to jeopardize that."
If he had any concerns about Braun, Rodgers could have easily declined comment under the cover of an ongoing process. His uncouched support should count for something.