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Ryan Braun 'bet' winner would settle for Aaron Rodgers game check

July 24, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn't said a word on Twitter since the suspension of Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn't said a word on… (Mike Roemer / Associated…)

Aaron Rodgers can breathe a little easier today -- Todd Sutton isn't going to insist the Green Bay Packers hand over his entire salary from last year just because Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for violating baseball's drug policy.

“I’d just take a game check,” a laughing Sutton told USA Today Sports on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper's calculations, that would be $281,250 -- which is just a fraction of the $4.5 million Rodgers made last season but a nice chunk of change to make off a silly little Twitter exchange.

Back in February 2012, Braun successfully appealed another MLB suspension for similar charges. When Rodgers took to Twitter to celebrate his fellow Wisconsin sports star's good fortune, Sutton, a 37-year-old flight nurse from Denver, responded with a tweet of his own, calling the quarterback "delusional."

To Sutton's surprise, Rogers replied:

During the next few days, Sutton tried to engage Rodgers in some more Twitter chatter about the topic, trying a variety of approaches.

Rodgers never took the bait again, and Sutton finally let it drop. And even after their so-called bet started making news again this week, Sutton hasn't had much to say about it on Twitter, although he did an interview on Jay Mohr's sports radio show as well as the one with USA Today.

Rodgers has been less accessible, with nothing to say on Twitter since the Braun news broke. Maybe it's because his friend is in trouble ... or maybe he's trying to avoid Sutton.

“I’m not really expecting to hear from him," Sutton said. "It’d be cool, but I doubt it’s going to happen."


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