Everyone has that one friend who shows plenty of remorse. You just have to back him into a corner first.
Friends, meet Ryan Braun.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder won’t play again in 2013, suspended by Major League Baseball for the rest of the season due to his ties to the Biogenesis scandal, which linked several star players to performance-enhancing drugs.
A year ago, Braun was originally suspended for elevated testosterone levels, but won an appeal when it was revealed that the person in charge of his test might have compromised its integrity. Braun then went on the offensive, calling out the tester for momentarily slandering his holy name.
Now, the tester is the only one with any integrity.
It has been a long fall from grace for Braun since winning the 2011 National League’s Most Valuable Player award. Now, the 29-year-old will need to start his career over (in 2014), and we’ll see if he’s any good without the performance enhancers. On Monday, he offered up this statement:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.
“I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
Braun had no problems kicking ass and taking names when the evidence wasn’t piling up against him, but now that the tables have turned, he wants you to feel bad for him.
Sorry, but I’ll pass — something he couldn’t do on his drug tests.
Braun used the Lance Armstrong playbook on this one. Oops. Here's some PR advice – tell the truth and don't be an asshole. Works for most.
— bairet (@bairet) July 22, 2013