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Ryan Braun released an official statement. This comes from a FOX Sports article by Ken Rosenthal, which includes additional commentary at the end:

“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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  1. Bob Hale says: August 22, 2013

    Good start…….long road ahead.

  2. Skipbidder says: August 22, 2013

    Well, okay.

    Could have been worse. Perhaps there is nothing he could have said that would have left me really satisfied.

    I’m not sure I believe that he DIDN’T know what he was doing. That stretches credulity. Maybe he’s boxed himself in now that he has to say this.

    I think he could have said a fair bit more about his attempts to smear the collector.

  3. Badgerinmaine says: August 22, 2013

    I’d only seen the letter e-mailed out by the Brewers before this. This goes a lot farther in explaining his actions and showing remorse. The quote above is absolutely right, though–this is just a start.

  4. Matty Plotkin says: August 23, 2013

    not enough. he needs to do live and unscripted public appearances. a town hall meeting would be really nice.

  5. Beep says: August 23, 2013

    I hope this puts an end to this madness, but you know it won’t. Even I don’t believe this is probably the full story, but I’m going to move on, and as someone else said, continue to be a fan of the sport, the team, then the players.
    The unfortunate part is that some people are never going to believe another word that Braun says from here on out. I’m not sure Braun can ever do or say the right thing to appease these haters. Even if he quit the sport all together, gave back all his riches (ill-gotten or not), confessed all of his sins as far back as stealing another kid’s toy at preschool back in 1987, they’d still hate the man as if they were personally scorned by this baseball player or they were the preschooler that lost that toy.
    Let’s all move on now, expect that MLB keeps a watchful eye on Braun and the rest of the league from more PED use. Now we can all continue to love the sport, root for our team, and cheer on the players you like or don’t like.

    • BrewersWorldSeries says: August 23, 2013

      Cheers to that…

  6. BrewersWorldSeries says: August 23, 2013

    He cheated, got caught, and then lied his way into a sh*t storm. Sounds like something I’ve done before in my own life, only I’m not a highly paid athlete whose every action is documented by media. In the realm of public opinion, Braun will pay for this everyday for the rest of his life. Let’s just move on and try to enjoy baseball. Regardless of what you think, he IS a Brewer and will continue to be. He apologized, and whether or not you buy it or feel like it was enough, he admitted he was wrong/guilty. Like Mr. Hale said up top, it’s a start…

  7. MrBialy says: August 23, 2013

    I really wish he would have held a press conference and issued the apology in person and then answered questions. In my opinion, if you lie and dodge taking responsibility for something you’ve done, then you’re a coward. He was a coward at the beginning of all this and I still see someone who is scared to fully own up to everything. It’s a very awkward moment when you have to admit to someone eye to eye that you were wrong and to me, it’s a galvanizing experience that you shouldn’t want to repeat again. It’s so easy to write up a statement and edit it to death to make it sound as good as possible (I’ve done it a few times with this comment already!) but it’s a different ball game to stand up in front of others and verbally apologize and have the words come from your consciousness.

    I think this is a good start, but I think it could’ve been better. I think for most of us fans it’s the lying part that irks us the most, because it makes all of us look bad (not to mention his teammates and friends). I don’t really feel like he addressed that in the written statement above and I believe the fact that it was presented in a written statement is revealing about the current place his character is in. I will always root for the Brewers no matter their win/loss record. I hope one day I can get to a place where I can forgive Braun enough in my own mind to cheer for him and not feel any reservations. I used to feel pride when he’d step up to bat that he played for the team I loved, but right now, it’s tough. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s see if Braun follows through on his remarks that he will try his best to earn back trust.

  8. Big Lance says: August 23, 2013

    It is a first step for a loser who has tainted baseball. You people in Milwaukee go ahead and cheer for him again next year. Who really knows how long he used this garbage. Do you believe anything he says at this point? Paying him a lot of money you could be using to build back up the minors which have been ravaged. I agree Enjoy baseball and everything that goes with it. But Braun- No thank you

    • Skipbidder says: August 23, 2013

      And your favorite team is…?

      It’s getting pretty hard to find a baseball team without a cheater as a key element along the way. AND we certainly don’t have all the names.

      If you draw a line that says you can’t cheer for a team that currently has (or recently had) a cheater on it, then you might just have to stop watching baseball altogether.

      I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about Braun when he comes back on the field. It may well depend on whether or not he expands on his confession. I’d like for him to own up more to the fact that he tried to throw people under the bus and doubled down on his lying after he got caught.

      I am pretty sure I’ll still be cheering for my team though.

  9. Big Lance says: August 27, 2013

    I didn’t say don’t back the Brewers. You should always stick with your team I have followed the Braves since I was a little kid when they left Milw. Doesn’t change the fact that Braun is a lying loser. Kirk Gibson/Stephen A Smith are totally right about him as well as many others. Sorry Man

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