Greinke says Braun ‘was willing to use anyone’
After taking some days to think about it, Zack Greinke weighed in on the Ryan Braun suspension Friday, and it wasn’t pretty.
Greinke, a teammate of Braun’s from 2011 to last season’s Trade Deadline, spoke to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez.
“The main thing is, yeah, he lied to us,” Greinke told the newspaper. “He forced us to lie for him, threw people under the bus in order to help himself out and didn’t care, blamed others for his mistakes and it’s just a lot of things you don’t expect from people.”
Braun appeared as close as any Brewers teammate to Greinke, often joking that he wanted to serve as Greinke’s agent in discussions with Brewers GM Doug Melvin about a contract extension. Braun was kidding, but the two did apparently have some frank discussions about Greinke’s intentions as he neared free agency.
Before Monday’s vague admission, did Greinke believe Braun?
“Oh, yeah, 100% believed him,” Greinke said. “Everything was so convincing. He had people to blame. He seemed like a really good guy. He was a good teammate at the time. You don’t know the guys that he was pinning it on. I’m not positive, but I think everyone 100% believed him at the time. Especially the next year, he looked just as good as the year before. His numbers his whole career, Hall of Fame numbers. How could you not believe him? He was so convincing.”
When Hernandez asked whether Greinke has changed his opinion of Braun as a player, Greinke said, “Not even talking about the player. It’s just the person. Just the fact that he was willing to use anyone that got in his path. The closer you were to him, the more he would use you. It’s just disappointing that a human being could be like that.”
He added: “The fact that even to this day he hasn’t had a real apology is really upsetting to me. I thought about it a bunch. He still hasn’t really apologized.”
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