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Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:36 pm
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By Matt Snyder


By now, surely every baseball fan has heard about 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun getting nailed for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. The 50-game suspension is pending an appeal, but in the meantime seemingly everyone is weighing in with opinions on the matter. Braun very recently got public, vocal support from a pair of MVP candidates.

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who finished second in the NL MVP voting to Braun, would have won the award if the BBWAA decided to revote. Still, Kemp is supporting his friend.

"Nobody's proven anything man ... we don't know anything." Kemp told TMZ.com. "That's a good dude. That's my homie."

Also, fellow Milwaukee-area fan favorite -- and frontrunner for NFL MVP -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers voiced his support on ESPN Milwaukee radio (via Sports Radio Interviews).

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"I was very surprised the news came out the way it did. You would think that there would be some sort of confidentiality surrounding the situation because he is appealing it. Other than that, I don’t really want to comment a whole lot on the allegations or whatnot. I would say I 100 percent support Ryan and believe in him and it’s not going to affect our friendship in the least. I’m 100 percent supporting him and behind him and believe in everything that he says.”

And then Rodgers brought out the big guns:

"I’ve known Ryan for a while now and we’ve spent a lot of time hanging out. I’ve been in the locker room and I’ve seen him working out and stuff. It’s just ridiculous the allegations. I think as much as he probably can’t say a whole lot right now just the fact that he was willing to take a test right after that and I don’t know exactly what all is out there but I just am trusting that my good friend has not been using anything illegal and I’m very confident that’s the case because I know how much he cares about the integrity of the game and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that.”

It's going to be a while before we know how Braun's appeal comes out, but he seems to be getting lots of support from people close to him. That didn't seem to happen with, say, Roger Clemens or Manny Ramirez. Is it because Braun's a nicer guy with more friends or because he actually is innocent? We can't say just yet.

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yingrootok
Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:17 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:13 am
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

*sniff* friendship is a beautiful thing... *sniff*

I don't disagree with what Rodgers said, but, the guy sounds like he just doesn't understand how to put sentences together, in this quote at least



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:05 am
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

No matter what subsequent tests show Matt Kemp still got robbed.  Nothing changes that.  Braun had a nice year and is a good guy and all but Kemp was the MVP.



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:24 am
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

Simply put, know your facts before you post. Superstar level posters are not usually reckless with there opinions. That goes to any poster on here who thinks they know all the facts. Give the dog his day then post what ever you want when the all the facts are public knowledge. Let me guess, if something was happening to you would you want your due process. Pretty sure you would be pissing down your leg if someone didnt give you your day.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:00 am
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

Or you can say what you think and be right. 

You have no reason to believe me, but I have talked to two people in MLB and a doctor friend of mine.  Braun will either get no suspension or a 25 game suspension.  Look at what triggers a 25 gamer and you'll understand.  I'm not saying Braun didn't screw up, but he isn't taking PEDs.



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

You can be a loyal friend and not sound stupid.  Rodgers should have just said "I support Ryan and it’s not going to affect our friendship in the least. I’m 100 percent supporting him and behind him" ... that's it.



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

Talking pretty smart there sparty for a guy who doesn't know what's going on completely...MLB hasn't suspended him yet because the process isn't over yet.  The Brewers haven't been notified by MLB of a suspension yet.  So since there hasn't been a suspension, it looks like there might be issues with the test.  Wait and see what the whole story is first...



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

I am the biggest Aaron Rodgers fan, bought his jersey when he was drafted by the Packers.  But I have to say his quote make him sound stupid.  This is not just "allegations", it is a FAILED drug test with +5 times the normal levels of testosterone.  MLB told him and kept the confidentionality until they had all the results needed, that's why we didn't hear about this until months later.  Just because you are friends with someone, doesn't mean you know them, I wonder how much he would be willing to bet in believing Braun 100%.
To me it look like Rodger is a loyal friend, so I don't think it that big of a deal what Rodger said.

It don't matter if Braun can prove that he is innocent for most people won't believe it, they always see him as a cheater



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

Oh and for all of you morons asking why a man would have 5x the norm of testosterone?  There are dozens of legit reasons - the most popular these days being male infertility and low sperm counts.

Thanks for the info, Doc. Unless Braun was cleared to be taking supplements for one of those 'legit reasons', he's breaking the rules against using PEDs. How do I know? Because MLB suspended him. If he had a 'legit reason', there would have been no suspension. The ony basis for winning an appeal is that the chain of custody was comprised and his sample was contaminated. He probably won't even have to prove that it was contaminated, just that there was an opportunity for it to be contaminated because of not being handled properly.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Kemp, Rodgers come to Ryan Braun's defense

It's going to be a while before we know how Braun's appeal comes out
Why?  He took a second test already - get it processed!

Oh and for all of you morons asking why a man would have 5x the norm of testosterone?  There are dozens of legit reasons - the most popular these days being male infertility and low sperm counts.


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