Probably the lightest element of the Ryan Braun saga is that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers once told a Twitter follower that he would bet his salary on Braun's innocence. It's too bad the exchange between Rodgers and Todd Sutton occurred in 2012 rather than 2013.
As part of a contract extension signed in April, Rodgers received a $35 million signing bonus and will earn a total of $40 million in 2013 compensation. In 2012, Rodgers' total earnings were a measly $8.5 million.
Somewhat seriously, Sutton appears to be taking his unintended fame in stride. He told USA Today that he would settle for a game check but added: "I'm not really expecting to hear from him. It'd be cool, but I doubt it's going to happen." At the same time, he thought Rodgers' tweet to him was "arrogant" and is enjoying the last laugh.
"He was probably trying to embarrass me on Twitter, but it has kind of reversed now," he said.
Technically speaking, we can't classify the exchange as a "bet" because Sutton didn't commit to a payment if he lost. But if it was simply a blind offer by Rodgers, let's be specific on terms. This might be one of the most important things we do for the next minute of our earthly lives, so pay attention.
Sutton's compromise offer of a "game check" gets Rodgers off the hook to a large extent. Players are paid based on a 17-week season and their game checks are 1/17ths of their base salary -- excluding signing, roster and workout bonuses. So that means Rodgers "owes" Sutton $470,588 (1/17th of Rodgers' $8 million base salary) in 2012 terms or $264,705.88 (1/17th of Rodgers' $4.5 million base salary) in 2013 terms. Take your pick, Todd.