The $4.5 mil­lion tweet

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An in­no­cent Twit­ter ex­change back in Fe­bru­ary with Green Bay Pack­ers star quar­ter­back Aaron Rogers has thrust a Colorado travel nurse into the me­dia spot­light.

Todd Sut­ton, a 37-year-old flight nurse at AirLife Den­ver, asked Rogers via Twit­ter if he be­lieved that Ryan Braun, the All Star out­fielder for the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers (and Rogers’ friend in the Wis­con­sin sports com­mu­nity) had taken per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs. There had been much spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing Braun, who re­port­edly failed a drug test last year.

Rogers quickly replied to Sut­ton on Twit­ter and of­fered up a wa­ger: “Ya, I’d put my salary next year on it,” Rogers posted.

So it sounds a lot like Rogers bet a sea­son’s worth of pay, $4.5 mil­lion, that his buddy was clean and telling the truth. Now flash-for­ward to July with the an­nounce­ment that Ma­jor League Base­ball has sus­pended Braun with­out pay for the rest of the sea­son, 65 games, for tak­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs.

Seems like it would be time for Rogers to pony up. But the quar­ter­back hasn’t com­mented on the bet. How­ever, Sut­ton has made his me­dia rounds, grant­ing in­ter­views and ap­pear­ing on TV shows to serve as the voice of the fan. He’s not count­ing on be­ing paid, but is claim­ing vic­tory.

“He was prob­a­bly try­ing to em­bar­rass me on Twit­ter, but it has kind of re­versed now,” Sut­ton said of Rogers in an in­ter­view with USA To­day.

But there’s one ben­e­fit for Sut­ton. Be­fore Braun’s sus­pen­sion Sut­ton had about 15 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter. That num­ber is now more than 2,300.

Green Bay quar­ter­back Aaron Rogers is keep­ing quiet about his Twit­ter wa­ger.

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