Roenicke: Braun story ‘shouldn’t be out there’
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spoke out Wednesday in support of left fielder Ryan Braun, who has remained quiet since making a statement explaining his link to the South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball for allegedly supplying some players with banned substances.
Roenicke said he disagreed with Yahoo! Sports’ decision to publish records from Tony Bosch, the former head of that clinic, that included Braun’s name, even though Braun was never linked to any illicit substances or treatments. Braun later said in a statement that his lawyers consulted with Bosch in the 2011-12 offseason, during Braun’s appeal of a suspension.
“It’s a pet peeve, I guess, of mine: Don’t bring up anybody’s name and put it in there if you’re questioning it,” Roenicke said. “If there’s something going on and there’s a definite [transgression], fine, that’s your job to put it out there. But don’t bring up names that you’re not sure of and then retract it later, because it never is retracted from the fans or the people that are out there. Never. There are some people who will say, ‘OK, they shouldn’t have put it out there,’ but for the majority, it’s still there in their mind. So it shouldn’t be out there.
“That’s what I have an issue with. You want to bring up somebody’s name, then you’d better be sure when you’re bringing it up. It’s very unfair to the player, and that’s what I have an issue with. It’s not right.”
Tim Brown, one of the veteran reporters who wrote the story linking Braun to the clinic, has said Yahoo! Sports considered the issue newsworthy because it had confirmed MLB would investigate the link.
Brewers position players report to Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday, and the team’s first full-squad workout is Saturday. Roenicke indicated the Braun matter was low on his list of priorities.
“To be honest with you, I’m not really thinking about handling it or anything until there’s more information on what is there,” Roenicke said. “I can’t make comments on something I know nothing about. I talked to Ryan, he’s coming in and I know he’s going to have to deal with some press issues, but we’re just going to move on with it as if nothing’s there. …
“It was different last year. We knew what the specifics were last year,” Roenicke said. “I knew what to address, what I wasn’t supposed to talk about. I knew where he was on those issues. I don’t know anything [now]. Let’s see where we are. It may be nothing. If it’s just the thing with the lawyer and payments, then it’s nothing.”
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