If you’ve been following the 2014 NFL futures at GTBets.eu, you may know that the Green Bay Packers are being given fairly solid odds to win the Super Bowl next year. Currently, the Packers are being spotted 15-to-1 odds of capturing the Lombardi Trophy.
It’s certainly a good thing that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t allowed to bet on his own team. After all, the three-time Pro Bowler has proven to be a terrible bettor recently. And what’s worse is that he doesn’t pay up on his debts either!
The latest failed wager by the Packers signal caller involved his friend, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. The left fielder has dominated MLB news lately for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Braun was one of 20 players listed on documents linking him to the Miami-based clinic.
Undeterred, Rodgers made a very large and unconfirmed bet with a fan named Todd Sutton over Braun’s innocence. Their twitter exchange went like this:
As many people now know, Braun recently admitted to using steroids provided by the Biogenesis clinic. Now he’ll serve a well-deserved 65-game suspension after making his buddy Rodgers look like an idiot.
So how much is the 2011 NFL MVP supposedly on the hook for after losing this twitter wager/boast? Well back in April, Rodgers signed a big contract extension that includes a $35 million signing bonus. With his $4.5 million base salary, that means he’ll be earning almost $40 million next season.
Of course, we could probably take Rodgers’ twitter comment to mean that he was only “wagering” his $4.5 million. Either way, it’s highly doubtful that Sutton will ever see anything out of this quasi-bet, other than the 15 minutes of fame he’s gotten lately.
He did recently told USA Today that he’d accept one of Rodgers’ game checks, rather than the entire base salary. NFL players get paid every week for the 17-week season. So doing the math ($4,500,000/17 games), that would be a $264,706 check.
Even still, so we can reasonably assume that Rodgers isn’t really going to give Sutton the $264.7k either. This is especially the case when you figure that the California product once lost a less expensive wager to Boyz II Men and refused to ante up.
Rodgers, who’s a big fan of the R&B group, asked them to sing the national anthem before Green Bay’s season opener last year. In exchange, they made a bet that if Rodgers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the opener, he’d have to wear a 49ers jersey for an entire week.
This turned out to be another losing bet for him as San Francisco went on to win 30-22. So was Rodgers donning an Alex Smith jersey in the aftermath of the loss? Not quite. In fact, he seemed pretty annoyed when TMZ did a story on the matter later.
“There’s nothing to that. That got blown way out of proportion,” said Rodgers. “It was at best a joke between friends, and, unfortunately, the great reporting of TMZ blew another one.”
Apparently, this thought wasn’t shared by all parties involved. In fact, Boyz II Men was celebrating shortly after the game with the following tweet:
We can understand not paying up on the 2013 base salary wager with Todd Sutton. But how about at least humoring the football world by wearing the Niners jersey for a few days.