Biogenesis Scandal: Aaron Rodgers Vouches for the Wrong Guy...Ryan Braun
"Who's more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?" -- Obi-Wan Kenobi, a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away)
I'm not sure there are any fresh angles left with respect to steroids and Major League Baseball, and in particular Ryan Braun.
Braun cheated, cheated profusely, for God only knows how many years, got caught, lied some more, got a reprieve on a technicality, got ratted out by Anthony Bosch of Biogenesis, realized he was cornered and then reluctantly copped to it only after getting jacked up with a 65-game suspension.
Sure, there were Braun-specific wrinkles...
There was the aforementioned reprieve Braun got on the first attempt at suspending him, when he dragged the handler of his specimen, a regular dude named Dino Laurenzi, through the mud in career-killing fashion to the point where Major League Baseball couldn't overcome the slightest of slight (barely) reasonable doubt that Braun was and is a PED abuser.
Consider that even non-roided power hitters tend to drop off at around age 34 or so, and then consider that these seven years cover Braun from ages 31 through 37. Braun's PED use has completely put an entire franchise in harm's way. Ironically, the Brewers would have been much better off overpaying and investing in big, fat, chunky ass Prince Fielder than the artificially sculpted Braun.
Buyer beware, I guess.
But beyond those small nuances, Braun's story is no different from those of any of the other bloated PED freaks of the last two decades whose tales all begin with a syringe and end in some sort of insincere statement issued by their publicists.
The only thing separating Ryan Braun from Rafael Palmeiro is a finger wag.
The checks all still clear.
To me, the only fresh thing left to discuss with respect to Braun is that not only did he put an entire franchise in front of an oncoming fiscal bus, he yanked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in front of him to take the bullets as well.
We all remember Rodgers's impassioned plea on behalf of Braun about 500 days ago on Twitter, right? Remember? When we are all the idiots?
MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
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..— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
That, my friends, is what you call "putting yourself out there."
And unless his bro love for Braun is so strong that he just can't bear to see his boy raked through the coals without his unconditional support, then Rodgers really had nothing to gain from blindly defending Braun to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers in this fashion. Braun had to have lied to Rodgers as vehemently as he lied to all of us. The difference was, Rodgers bought it.
And Braun just let him dangle there on the thinnest of threads, and therein lies the only fresh storyline left in this wake of syringes, phony stats and denials:
In addition to being a shitty teammate, a shitty employee and a shitty liar, Ryan Braun was a really shitty friend, too.
Shame on the fool and the fool who followed him.
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