Todd Sutton, Denver nurse, to get Aaron Rodgers's salary over Ryan Braun Twitter bet?

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Aaron Rodgers.
Beware what you blast on Twitter: It could come back to haunt you.

Case in point: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers casually bet Denver nurse Todd Sutton a year's salary that his pal, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, never used performance-enhancing drugs -- which Braun has just admitted to doing.

Now, amid paying-up questions, Rodgers's tweet has spawned its own Twitter hashtag: #AaronRodgersBets.

Here's how it all went down, according to 7News.

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Ryan Braun.
At the end of the 2011 season, Braun, a Major League Baseball MVP, tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and was suspended. But he appealed the ruling and won in February 2012, at which point Rodgers tweeted, "When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the facts. #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated"

He followed up with this: "I'll let my buddy take it from here. All u idiots talking about technicality open up for some crow too. See if Espn gets pressured not to..."

Sutton responded with a tweet of his own -- and surprisingly, Rodgers answered it directly. Here's a screen capture of that exchange.

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Cut to a few days ago, when Braun admitted to PED use, more or less, and accepted his suspension for the remainder of the season -- at which point someone with a very long memory remembered the Rodgers-Sutton exchange.

Thus far, Rodgers hasn't commented on the bet, but Sutton has, plenty. In addition to chatting with 7News, he's made appearances on sports programs across the country, as documented on his Twitter account.

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Todd Sutton's Twitter profile photo.
Shared on the page are tweets from Mike Greenberg, of ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning (he defends Rodgers's tweet), comic turned host Jay Mohr and SportsNation's Marcellus Wiley, to whom Sutton promises a helicopter ride the next time he's in Denver.

Still, the funniest development is probably the SportsNation-promoted hash tag #AaronRodgersBets, in which tweeters offer other impolitic wagers guaranteed to blow up in their faces someday soon...like these:

As for Sutton, he's not seriously expecting Rodgers to send him a check with lots of zeroes to the left of the decimal point. "It's not about the money for me," he tells 7News. "I'm not pestering him trying to get money from him, I just think this is funny."

It's probably amusing to Rodgers, too. But Ryan Braun? Probably not so much.

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Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

If any of you actually read the story it says that Sutton is not expecting any money and doesn't care. Let me help you out. "As for Sutton, he's not seriously expecting Rodgers to send him a check with lots of zeroes to the left of the decimal point. "It's not about the money for me," he tells 7News. "I'm not pestering him trying to get money from him, I just think this is funny.""

Marcus Netters
Marcus Netters

Is a Social Media site called twitter now a legally binding contract?

Brad Lopez
Brad Lopez

It's not a real bet if Todd Sutton doesn't also put something on the line in the case that Braun is exonerated. Still, Aaron Rodgers shouldn't just ignore him. Rodgers should just acknowledge both Braun's guilt and his own tweet, make a donation to Sutton's hospital then consider it done. It doesn't necessarily have to be Rodgers' entire salary for a year but it should still be a significant amount in the context of his salary.

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

If that is the case, then every day is let the intern write a headline day.

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

Since betting is a criminal act the courts cannot force someone to commit a criminal act. Now stop reporting on what happens on Twitter, if we were on Twitter we would know, and if we are not on there then we obviously dont care.

Ron Casados
Ron Casados

must be intern writes a headline day at westword ....

Steve Krautkramer
Steve Krautkramer

what a retarded question. People make statements like these all the time as a way of speaking. I'd bet most people at one point said they'd bet their life on X... Or something similar. And really, even if you think the answer to that should be yes, it won't change anything. Stupid headline.

Jeff Buske
Jeff Buske

is twitter binding? Ummm, no I don't think so , people place too much stock in it , for sure

JWP12
JWP12

contract offered (rodgers offered wager)

contract not accepted (twit did not say "game on" or I accept betting salaries 

no contract. too bad for bike rider guy. wonder if biker rider guy is on peds...someone should ask him...

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

Why should rodgers pay the guy shit for saying something on twitter. You're all a bunch of jokesters. It's not like the MLB was gonna let that past test slide.. they had no new results and came down on braun with a suspension from the last result he got off of. The brewers were shot for the season and it's a joke that's all they suspended him for. Now he gets to go on vacation until next april.

Randy Smith
Randy Smith

Damn right he should payup!Teach him to keep his pie hole shut!

Brook Collier LaMar
Brook Collier LaMar

I'd = I would... not I am. It's just an expression anyways not meant as a contract.

Ron Casados
Ron Casados

i'll bet Rodgers don't pay the guy jack

Eric Koder
Eric Koder

It was a bet that Rodgers himself offered up, without solicitation by Todd. YES HE SHOULD HONOR IT given that he suggested it in the first place, or at least do something in good faith.

Christy Martin
Christy Martin

A bet is a bet..pay up! In fact, I think they should switch salaries for a year. Sutton get Rodger's salary and vice versa. :-)

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

Come on, contrary to the song, Aaron Rodgers is not a good neighbor. Todd will get his Discount Double Check paid for a year or a donation to a charity, at best.

Rich Carollo
Rich Carollo

You need to read it more closely. It specifically starts with @TODDSUTTON ya I'd put my salary on it. How much more direct do you want it?

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

the guy offered a settlement of one game check, i think he will pay up. ooops watch what u say 4 now on.

Jessie Eck
Jessie Eck

His bet wasn't specifically directed at anyone if you read it closely. He was generically stating he'd put his salary on the fact that Braun is clean. He never said, "Todd, I bet you my salary that if I'm wrong I'll give you money".

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

BIG MOUTH BET, from a little man, if he welches on a bet.

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

At least there wasn't any mention of sex w/ minors, hand guns, illicit street drugs, ect.....

Rodgers was having harmless fun w/ an NFL fan, nothing more !!! Leave it to the media to turn a REALLY cool story into something far less desirable ......!

JWP12
JWP12

@Leanne L Whitehurst stupid rodgers. no bet. stupid is as stupid does.

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