GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Packers camp started Friday and quarterback Aaron Rodgers answered questions about the suspension of his friend, Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun.
Rodgers said he was "shocked" by news Braun all but admitted he took performance enhancing drugs, after Braun denied it for more than a year. Rodgers has steadily stood behind his friend.
"I was shocked, I really was, just like many of you were," Rodgers said. "I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true. 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."
Rodgers said he has talked to Braun since the Brewer outfielder was slapped with a 65-game suspension, but he wasn't sure whether they would continue their restaurant business dealings together.
"That's yet to be determined," Rodgers said. "I don't regret backing a friend up. obviously in hindsight a more measured approach would obviously be a better course of action. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward. He has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field.
Rodgers avoided the question of whether he still considered Braun a friend, saying, "I was disappointed in the way it went down... I trusted him. That's the thing that probably hurts the most."