Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ‘shocked’ by Ryan Braun’s suspension

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ‘shocked’ by Ryan Braun’s suspension Mike Vandermause, USA TODAY Sports 3:36 p.m. EDT July 26, 2013 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, left, and OF Ryan Braun talk at Brewers spring training in 2012. (Photo: Morry Gash, AP) SHARE 38 CONNECT 13 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE GREEN BAY, Wis. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked Friday about suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Rodgers’ friend and business partner, during his post-practice press conference. On his reaction to Braun getting suspended for 65 games and essentially admitting he was guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs: Rodgers: “Well, I was shocked, I really was, just like I know many of you were. I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren’t true. So it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, Major League Baseball fans. It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that, and I’m disappointed about the way it all went down.” PHOTOS: MLB drug suspensions On Braun violating the fans’ trust: Rodgers: “Well, it’s important. Fans are what make our business go.

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Board of directors secretary Daniel Ariens said the team had 5,014,554 shares of stock held by 364,122 shareholders, including those added during the team’s sale two years ago that raised more than $64 million to help pay for stadium renovations. But the event was less about money matters and more about kicking off the 2013 season, with the first practice of training camp set for Friday. “You can just feel it. It’s palpable,” Murphy said after the meeting, referring to the buzz the week creates in the area. The team also has scheduled a 5K run, a kids’ movie night and other fan-friendly events over the next few days. “Training camp has changed quite a bit. You used to have two-a-days and now it’s one practice (per day),” said Murphy, who played eight NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. “To get people here, we’ve got to have other things going on.” Murphy also said there was “really not anything new” to report about the process of retiring former quarterback Brett Favre’s No. 4.

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier checked into training camp with his usual “unbridled optimism,” writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune . At the same time, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Frazier reminded reporters that only four teams have reached the playoffs in each of the past three season: New England, Baltimore, Green Bay and Atlanta. The Detroit Lions had once hoped that Bill Nagy could replace center Dominic Raiola, but on Thursday, they waved Nagy because his injured ankle never healed. More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press . The “inheritance tax” on Lions coach Jim Schwartz has expired, writes Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News, and “its completely fair to demand more now.” The Lions are looking for another receiver to step up as a playmaker during training camp, according to Justin Rogers of . Schwartz made a surprising admission Thursday, notes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. He said he was humbled by last season’s 4-12 record. The Chicago Bears signed veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to take the roster spot left by the retired Sedrick Ellis, notes Michael C. Wright of Bears kick returner Devin Hester said is looking to “boost my stock” in this contract year, via Jeff Dickerson of .

McCarthy Eager to Get Early Start on Packers Camp


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He points out the 7,000-seat expansion in the south end zone, new video boards, the new sound system, and renovation plans for the Atrium. The stadium will hold 80,750 fans this fall, good enough for third in the NFL (behind Washington and New Jersey). “We passed Dallas!” Murphy exclaims as we cheer ourselves silly. 12:38 p.m. — I’m with three of the best-dressed owners in the stadium. People started pouring out by the hundreds after treasurer Mark McMullen began talking about boring things like record operations profit and net income. The escapees include Dale Decker, Bruce Roeshner and Chris Handler. Decker is decked out in a Packers jersey, gold athletic shorts and a cheesehead signed by several prominent players. Roeshner is dressed like a vintage ACME Packer from the 1920s, including a leather helmet and decidedly modern title belt.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says Braun looked him ‘in the eye’ and ‘lied to’ him about PEDs

The players will get that speech first Thursday night in a team meeting. But the expectations don’t change, not for a franchise that’s won four Super Bowl titles and 13 NFL championships overall. There’s a reason they call this place Titletown, after all, and not just for the two straight NFC North crowns. So it’s up bright and early Friday for a first day of practice that starts at 8:20 a.m. The earlier start is typical for the regular season but not as much for camp. “One of the strengths, I’ve always felt, particularly when you’re dealing with group dynamics, is get ’em up early. Get your heavy lifting done in the morning. And so we were always doing that in-season,” McCarthy said. “We go to the night schedule in training camp for other reasons. The (morning) practice schedule is definitely one of those topics … that I feel will help us as a football team as far as battling potential fatigue injuries, what every team is threatened by in a training camp schedule.” The Packers last year finished 11-5 after overcoming a 2-3 start.

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“I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren’t true. So it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, Major League Baseball fans. It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that, and I’m disappointed about the way it all went down.” Ryan Braun has accepted a season-ending 65-game ban for using performance-enhancing drugs. After being linked early this year to Biogenesis, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic near Miami, Braun adamantly denied that he procured performance-enhancing drugs. He said his name appeared in documents from the clinic only because his lawyers had reached out to its owner, Anthony Bosch, for advice as Braun successfully fought a doping ban sparked by a positive drug test in 2011. Together, Rogers and Braun own a Wisconsin farm-to-table restaurant called 8-twelve. RELATED: BREWERS’ BRAUN SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON “Fans are what make our business go,” Rodgers said. “We’re fortunate here in Wisconsin to have some of the best sports fans, from Packer fans, Brewer fans, Bucks fans, fans that stick behind their team win or lose.” Rodgers had previously been ardent in his defense of Braun, even saying on Twitter that he was so confident in his friend’s innocence that he would bet his salary on it. On Friday, Rodgers said he didn’t regret backing his friend up. “Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action,” Rodgers said.

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Plus, his 4.35 time in the 40 at his Pro Day at Grand Valley in March helped his stock. But Johnson is proud of his strength and quickness, so slot doesnt bother him, either. We learn everything as a process and they want guys to know every position in case someone goes down, he said. Coming into it, learning offenses has never been much of a problem for me. So Im prepared. He expects to be a part of special teams. Johnson returned five kickoffs for the Lakers last season, averaging 16.4 yards. Any possibility there would depend on how the Packers want to treat Cobb, a standout returner who is counted on as a top-flight receiver. Otherwise, he would be on the frontline on kicks. As for key dates to follow Johnsons pursuit, rosters are cut to 75 players on Aug. 27 and to 53 on Aug. 31.

‘Shocked’ Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he was ‘lied to’ by Ryan Braun

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Rodgers said he was simply backing up a friend then, and that theyve spoken since Brauns admission. Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action. People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward, Rodgers said. Obviously, he has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field. Asked about the business relationship and the licensing agreement for the 8-twelve MVP Bar and Grill in Milwaukee, Rodgers said that was yet to be determined. As far as the business goes, right now Im focused on football, and I have people who can help me work with those types of issues, he said. But the off-the-field questions werent done for Rodgers, even if it was the first preseason practice of the year. Earlier this week, former Packers receiver Greg Jennings now the with archrival Minnesota Vikings delivered his strongest criticism yet of his ex-quarterback. In an interview with the Star Tribune, he questioned Rodgers leadership and implied the quarterback had become bigger than the team. Dont get me wrong, 12 is a great person, Jennings was quoted as saying, referring to Rodgers.


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