Brewers Braun Finally Admits He Used PED’s

Ryan Braun finally admits drug use in 2011

By HOWIE RUMBERG=
AP Sports Writer=
       Ryan Braun has finally admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.

        The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement
released Thursday by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge
containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.

        Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in
October 2011, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an
arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.

        Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig.

        Last month he accepted a 65-game suspension resulting
from Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America
anti-aging clinic.  

 

Text of statement by Ryan Braun released Thursday by the Milwaukee Brewers:

        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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