Aaron Rodgers is a Terrible Bettor

aaron-rodgers-bet-2If 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:

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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.

aaron-rodgers-bet-3Even 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:

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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.

Biogenesis Scandal could see 20 MLB Players suspended for Steroids

alex-rodriguezIn the early 2000’s, Major League Baseball was rocked by the BALCO scandal. BALCO was busted for supplying MLB stars like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi with performance-enhancing drugs, which fueled their careers to new heights.

Here we are now a decade later, and it looks like a modern-day BALCO scandal could be brewing with the Biogenesis clinic. 20 MLB and minor league players are accused of receiving steroids from Biogenesis, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.

The MLB is currently investigating this matter and working with Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch to uncover which players have been violating baseball’s substance abuse policies. Here’s a look at the main players who are currently under investigation:

Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres
Melky Cabrera – Toronto Blue Jays
Francisco Cervelli – New York Yankees
Bartolo Colon – Oakland Athletics
Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
Fautino de los Santos – Free agent
Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals (allegedly received legal substances)
Yasmani Grandal – San Dieog Padres
Fernando Martinez – Houston Astros
Jesus Montero – Seattle Mariners
Jordan Norberto – Free agent
Jhonny Peralta – Detroit Tigers
Cesar Puello – New York Mets (minor leaguer)
Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

MJS MJS brewers15, nws, sears, 6One thing that stands out about this list is how several of the players have either been busted for, or accused of using steroids in the past. Rodriguez, who’s the biggest name on the list, admitted to juicing from 2001-2003 while playing with the Rangers. Since there was no punishment in place for using steroids back then, he escaped suspension.

However, due to his past, Rodriguez would be facing the 100-game suspension for second-time offenders because he’s already been associated with roids. Colon, Cabrera and Grandal would also be in this boat because they tested positive for excessive testosterone levels in 2012. This trio was linked back to Bosch last summer, which raised suspicions among the MLB’s top brass.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” approached Bosch about his involvement with Colon, Cabrera and Grandal last year. And the Biogenesis founder denied any wrongdoing in the matter. However, he’s since changed his stance and has agreed to cooperate with league investigators. Sources have told Outside the Lines that Bosch’s information could supply the league with what they need to suspend certain players.

tony-boschBosch is set to meet with MLB officials this Friday to start sharing what he knows. The doctor has pledged to offer any materials and phone records he has to aid the investigation. In exchange for his cooperation, Bosch asked the league to drop a civil suit against him, to which they complied.

Furthermore, he wants the MLB to vouch for his cooperation to federal investigators. Of course, baseball officials can’t promise that Bosch won’t suffer any legal consequences for his actions. However, working with Major League Baseball should definitely help minimize any criminal sentence.

It’s doubtful that Tony Bosch has many options left but to work with the MLB. Biogenesis was served with a cease-and-desist letter last year by the Florida Department of Health. Since his business can no longer operate, Bosch is said to be nearly broke and living with family and friends. He’s also failed to convince the Department of Health to let him reestablish a “wellness” clinic.

Working with Bosch is definitely in the MLB’s interests too. Without him, Major League Baseball merely has circumstantial evidence on the listed players. Sure there are some intriguing documents in the league’s possession, like one that has Braun making payments of $1,500, $20,000 and $30,000 to Biogenesis. However, Bosch can actually provide legitimate testimony on what these payments were for.

The case should definitely make some huge advancements this weekend as Bosch begins sharing information. And the way it looks now, he has plenty of dirt on some very high-profile major leaguers.