Braun issues statement

Ryan Braun released this statement tonight:

Now that the initial MLB investigation is over, I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended. I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards.

I have disappointed the people closest to me – the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.

It is important that people understand that I did not share details of what happened with anyone until recently. My family, my teammates, the Brewers organization, my friends, agents, and advisors had no knowledge of these facts, and no one should be blamed but me. Those who put their necks out for me have been embarrassed by my behavior. I don’t have the words to express how sorry I am for that.

Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation. It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.

I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator’s decision in February 2012. At that time, I still didn’t want to believe that I had used a banned substance. I think a combination of feeling self righteous and having a lot of unjustified anger led me to react the way I did. I felt wronged and attacked, but looking back now, I was the one who was wrong. I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this.

For too long during this process, I convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong. After my interview with MLB in late June of this year, I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball’s evidence against me, but I didn’t need to be, because I knew what I had done. I realized the magnitude of my poor decisions and finally focused on dealing with the realities of-and the punishment for-my actions.

I requested a second meeting with Baseball to acknowledge my violation of the drug policy and to engage in discussions about appropriate punishment for my actions. By coming forward when I did and waiving my right to appeal any sanctions that were going to be imposed, I knew I was making the correct decision and taking the first step in the right direction. It was important to me to begin my suspension immediately to minimize the burden on everyone I had so negatively affected- my teammates, the entire Brewers organization, the fans and all of MLB. There has been plenty of rumor and speculation about my situation, and I am aware that my admission may result in additional attacks and accusations from others.

I love the great game of baseball and I am very sorry for any damage done to the game. I have privately expressed my apologies to Commissioner Selig and Rob Manfred of MLB and to Michael Weiner and his staff at the Players’ Association. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received from them. I sincerely apologize to everybody involved in the arbitration process, including the collector, Dino Laurenzi, Jr. I feel terrible that I put my teammates in a position where they were asked some very difficult and uncomfortable questions. One of my primary goals is to make amends with them.

I understand it’s a blessing and a tremendous honor to play this game at the Major League level. I also understand the intensity of the disappointment from teammates, fans, and other players. When it comes to both my actions and my words, I made some very serious mistakes and I can only ask for the forgiveness of everyone I let down. I will never make the same errors again and I intend to share the lessons I learned with others so they don’t repeat my mistakes. Moving forward, I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem.

I support baseball’s Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program and the importance of cleaning up the game. What I did goes against everything I have always valued- achieving through hard work and dedication, and being honest both on and off the field. I also understand that I will now have to work very, very hard to begin to earn back people’s trust and support. I am dedicated to making amends and to earning back the trust of my teammates, the fans, the entire Brewers’ organization, my sponsors, advisors and from MLB. I am hopeful that I can earn back the trust from those who I have disappointed and those who are willing to give me the opportunity. I am deeply sorry for my actions, and I apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by them.

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These players need to man up about just taking steriods to play better….instead of saying it was for an injury…braun is still in denial. be a man and just say you cheated and got caught idiot.

He was injured…those products help ‘speed up’ the recovery process. No denial, he admitted what and why.

In related news, I’d like to come clean that I like peanut butter.

This is a joke.

He didnt mention once the guy who he slandered- i dont know what he can possisbly say to save face from this- but he should have publically apoligized to the guy who collected the urine sample whom he publically humiliated

It’s in the 8th paragraph…

Yes he did, mentions Dino Laurenzi Jr by name. Learn how to read.

‘I sincerely apologize to everybody involved in the arbitration process, including the collector, Dino Laurenzi, Jr.’

he apologized to laurenzi for using peds, not for defaming him and lying for 18 months. nowhere in that statement does braun say he’s sorry for trying to get laurenzi fired.

He did, way to not read the statement.

What a load of shit

This guy makes me wanna puke.

He should donate a significant amount of money to various charities to show more remorse since he was getting paid while cheating us all!

No apology to the man who took the sample? Whom he called a liar, an anti-semite, and cost him his job. Truly amazing.

Yes he did, mentions Dino Laurenzi Jr by name. Learn how to read.

This guy makes me wanna puke.

Did any of you read this. He apologized to the collector. None of you bunch of hypocrites ever make a mistake. Must be so nice being so self-righteous.

Doesn’t matter. Too little, too late. After you go out of your way to destroy peoples lives to save your own ass I don’t wanna hear some B.S, apology now.

You were a cheater and a liar. You are a cheater and a liar. You always will be a cheater and a liar.

Anyone that believes his crap is just asking to be let down again.

Give your MVP award to Matt Kemp who really now deserves it, and I’ll forgive you. That will truly show me something.

In response to Scott Lynch…learn how to read. He specifically mentions the collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. in the 9th paragraph. As for the rest of you, it must be great speaking as people who have done no wrong. I guess the smallest men always cast the first stones.

Give up your MVP award to a more deserving Matt Kemp and then I’ll forgive you. If you did that, it would tell me something about how sorry you are.

LOL He says he only used at the end of 2011? How could he possibly expect anyone to believe a single thing he says when every thing out of his mouth for over a year has been complete and utter BS? Anyone that believes this and thinks he hasn’t probably been using since college like suspected is a naive patsy being taken to town by one of baseballs most disgusting liars ever… Again.

Wouldn’t the previous and post drug tests that he took during his whole career prove his statement out?

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Scumbag….not because of the peds he used but he was such so indignant . He slandered a man called him an antisemit and ruined his career and namel. He’s much more than a cheater he’s a bad person who has most likely been given a free pass his whole life. Poor poor millionaire.

Hey people It’s just a freaking game.

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This guy is worse then Alex. He slander a men and made him out to be an anti Semite. Alex only hurt himself in the long run. However everyone should remember these guys are not murders and ease up a little

Just quit the game!

Fuck Braun. Give back that MVP and some of that giant contract and I’ll forgive you. Scumbag!

i so wanna bang my ex

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TL;DR Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. You’re not fooling me into thinking you’re actually sorry, douche-nozzle.

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