Milwaukee Brew­ers centerfielder Ryan Braun doesn’t move me enough to go on a full-scale rant. His drug suspension isn’t a surprise.

I get being self-destructive. What I don’t get is why he dragged others into his lie.

In 2012, the 29-year-old out­fielder tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, but later suc­cessfully

appealed his 50-game


The penalty was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das after Braun argued that protocol was not followed in the collection of his

urine samples. The case marked the first time a baseball player had suc­cessfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.

That’s not a big deal. Braun played by the rules and got off. He was guilty then, but the burden of proof was not up to him. The problem I have is not so much that he got off on the technicality; rather that he did interviews about his innocence.

This is what Braun said in Febru­ary 2012: “I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.”

Fine, Braun beat the system, but under no circumstance should he come out and say anything about his innocence. Braun knew he was

guilty. To make matters worse, he let his friends defend his lie.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers defended Braun on Twitter.

“Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #ex­onerated. When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the acts. #howsthecrowmlb #exoner­ated. .. Alluidiotstalkingabout technicality open up for some crow too. See if ESPN gets pressured not to . . . let the people hear the truth. Should get interesting. #ex­onerated #shhhhhhhhhhhhhh­hhh.”

Rodgers even went so far as to say he would bet his pay for 2013 season his friend was innocent. Green Bay Packers have to be

excited with all of that money they won’t have to spend on Rodgers salary this year.

What bothers me most about Braun is that he didn’t recognize the opportunity he had. I’m okay if someone wants to mess up their lives, but Braun selfishly stood by and let people take up for him. He should have pulled every person aside and said distance yourself from me. I’m damaged goods.

Rodgers should’ve better vet­ted his friend before coming to his defense on Twitter. He should also learn that social media makes anything an athlete says breaking news. That’s another story.

Until Braun can respect himself, those who call him a friend should be ware.