Guy who Aaron Rodgers bet over Ryan Braun would settle for game check
Todd Sutton, a 37-year-old nurse from Denver, is once again enjoying some attention on the Internet in light of a Twitter conversation he engaged in last year with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In February of 2012, Rodgers and Sutton had a back-and-forth over Ryan Braun and the PED controversy swirling around the Milwaukee Brewers slugger at that time.
Of course, Braun previously was somewhat exonerated after a successful appeal –albeit temporarily, in hindsight — over allegations of alleged PED use on what arguably was a complete technicality.
Rodgers, a close friend of Braun, took to Twitter to vigorously defend his pal, and made some pretty grandiose claims about what he’d be willing to offer up to prove how sure he was that Braun had not used PEDs.
And now, the chickens have come home to roost, in a manner of speaking.
The original tweet exchange between Rodgers and Sutton, in which Rodgers said he’d offer up his salary in a bet over whether or not Braun used PEDs:
@toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
And now, Sutton is in an interesting — although unrealistic, since the bet was never memorialized in any legitimated manner — position of being able to force Rodgers’ hand and ask for his annual salary, which stood at $4.5 million last season, on top of the $35 million signing bonus he received from the Packers.
But Sutton is willing to settle with Rodgers for a much smaller amount of dough. Saying, “I’m not really expecting to hear from him. It’d be cool, but I doubt it’s going to happen,” Sutton offered up the following alternative for Rodgers, through USA Today: “I’d just take a game check,” said Sutton, laughing about it.
Just for the record, a Rodgers game check would mean $281,250 for Sutton. Not a bad profit on a wager in which he had nothing to lose. And still, Sutton probably shouldn’t hold his breath while waiting for a check from Rodgers.