Melvin: Braun’s actions will matter more than words

I just spoke to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and asked whether he was satisfied with Ryan Braun’s prepared statement.

“I think it’s just got to satisfy Ryan. He’s got to feel good about it,” Melvin said. “He has to put it out; I think people were waiting for it. He wanted to put some thought into it and wanted to make sure he got all of his facts straight before he did it.

“My feeling is, I know he put a statement out, and that’s the right thing to do. But I think when any player goes through what he’s done, it’s going to be the actions after that will be important, too. … [The statement] is going to be analyzed, dissected, and it’s never going to satisfy everybody. That’s why I’m saying beyond a release of what he has to say, the most important thing is an individual’s actions when he comes back. He’s going to be one of 25 players.”

Does Melvin believe Braun needs to say or do anything more before donning a Brewers uniform again next season?

“I don’t know what ‘more’ is,” Melvin said. “I think his actions when he comes back are going to be the most important thing. When a player comes back from a situation like this, he’s going to be one of the guys. It’s up to every individual on how he’s going to be [accepted back]. Every individual has his own feelings, and I think once you put on the Brewers uniform, there’s an acceptance that you’re all working in the same clubhouse, on the same team. Guys are all professional enough to understand they’re on a team. They’ll all move forward and try to win ballgames.”

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