Aaron Rodgers bets Denver man that Ryan Braun didn't do drugs: Will Super Bowl MVP pay up?

Rodgers bet his salary on Braun's innocence

DENVER - So the question is will Green Bay packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pony up after losing a $4.5 million bet he made with a Denver man?

That man, 37-year-old Todd Sutton, tweeted to Rodgers in February 2012 after Rodgers defended his friend and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who at the time was accused of using performance enhancing drugs. 

Braun had tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone at the end of the 2011 season but successfully appealed the suspension, challenging the chain of custody of the sample rather than the test results.

When the suspension was lifted on Feb. 23, 2012, Rodgers tweeted, "When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the facts. #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated"

Rodgers continued,"I'll let my buddy take it from here. All u idiots talking about technicality open up for some crow too. See if Espn gets pressured not to..."

Sutton tweeted to Rodgers, "You really believe he didn't (do) PED's???? #delusional."

Rodgers tweeted back to Sutton,"ya I'd put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated."

Well on Monday, when Braun was suspended the rest of the season for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, Braun admitted to using performance enhancing drugs although he was not specific.

"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."

So now that Braun has admitted his drug use, will Rodgers give up a year's salary?

Sutton told 7NEWS he has joked about just taking a single game check, but didn't realize it was $281,250.

"That's a lot of money! I'd take a lot less," Sutton laughed. "But it's not about the money for me. I'm not pestering him trying to get money from him, I just think this is funny."

Sutton said he doesn't expect to hear from Rodgers. The flight nurse for AirLife Denver was stunned last year when Rodgers tweeted him.

"I was kind of surprised. Aaron Rodgers ... responded to me. And now this (bet) has taken a life of its own," Sutton said.

Sutton said he was never questioning Rodgers' loyalty to his friend, just his judgment. He had said on Twitter that Rodgers was a great quarterback but either ignorant or naive.

"They are friends. He's sticking up for his buddy. He's not being objective," Sutton tweeted last year.

Besides both being sports stars in Wisconsin, Braun and the Packers quarterback both own a restaurant together, 8- Twelve MVP Bar and Grill in Brookfield, Wisc., named after their jersey numbers.

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