Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admits he feels betrayed following Ryan Braun's admission he took performance enhancing drugs, having previously been a staunch support of the Milwaukee Brewers star.
Braun has accepted a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball following the revelation he used PEDs, having initially tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011.
The 29-year-old successfully appealed the suspension he received two years ago, and received unwavering support from Rodgers following his exoneration.
Rodgers tweeted in early 2012 that he would be willing to bet his entire salary on Braun being clean, but the revelation that the latter is indeed a drug cheat has left the Packers star stunned and saddened.
"It doesn't feel great being lied to like that and I'm disappointed about the way it all went down," Rodgers told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
"He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true."
Rodgers and Braun have enjoyed a close personal and professional relationship in recent years, with the duo entering into a business partnership in Milwaukee.
The Packers QB, however, admits he does not know what the future holds for them as partners, although claims he does not regret defending Braun after the initial accusations were made against him.
"That's yet to be determined," Rodgers added. "I don't regret backing a friend up. Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach would obviously be a better course of action. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward.
"He has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field."