Braun: ‘The truth has not changed’

A smiling Ryan Braun faced reporters Tuesday night and remained defiant in his innocence, a few hours after an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report raised new concerns among the faithful at Miller Park that Braun could face a suspension in the coming weeks.

ESPN ran a story minutes before the Brewers took the field against the A’s indicating that Anthony Bosch, the former head of the anti-aging clinic accused of providing banned substances to a number of high-profile players, had agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball’s ongoing probe. According to the report, MLB will seek to suspend 20 players connected to the clinic, including Braun, based on evidence provided by Bosch.

After the Brewers’ 10-inning, 4-3 victory, Braun was greeted by a crowd of cameras and microphones at his locker.

“A lot of people here,” he said. “I assume I know why everybody is here. I’ve already addressed everything related to the Miami situation. I addressed it in Spring Training. I will not make any further statements about it. The truth has not changed. I don’t know the specifics of the story that came out today, but I’ve already addressed it, I’ve already commented on it, and I’ll say nothing further about it.”

He did field several questions, saying the threat of a suspension was not on his mind during the game.

“No, of course not,” Braun said. “I’ve dealt with this off and on for the last year and a half, I guess. I think I’m pretty good at avoiding distractions.”

He said he informed about the story by a member of the club’s public relations department after the game, and “I haven’t read the story or heard any specifics about it. … I have nothing else to say about any of that stuff tonight.”

Except that, “We all deal with challenges in life. I think for all of us as baseball players there’s distractions, whether it’s your family situation, relationship situation; there’s all kinds of things that come up throughout the course of the season. For all of us, we have a job to do regardless of what those distractions are. Obviously, this hasn’t been fun. It’s not easy. It’s not something I enjoy. But regardless, I have a job to do and I do my best to do my job every day.”

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