Ryan Braun’s credibility and reputation are nowhere to be found these days after he was suspended 65 games for his involvement with the steroid clinic Biogenesis.
He previously adamantly denied ever taking PEDs and went after the collector of his positive urine sample Dino Laurenzi Jr. for allegedly mishandling it.
On Thursday, Braun issued a 943 word apology with promises of putting this whole story to bed, but the apology only resulted in more head-scratching and more unanswered questions.
In Braun’s mind, the only reason he considered using PEDs was to deal with an injury, and he only used them during one specific period.
Here’s a small portion of the apology:
“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.”
Braun is making excuses for taking PEDs, which only makes him look worse. Instead of saying the reason why he did them, he should have simply said he made a “stupid” decision and that he regrets that decision.
That would have went over much better with the public as opposed to thinking that an excuse would work.
Braun went on to apologize to Laurenzi Jr., his teammates, his family, he pleaded for forgiveness from everyone he “let down”, and said he “had no one to blame but himself.”
However, Braun failed to acknowledge Biogenesis in the apology, the place he allegedly got the PEDs in the first place. It’s still unclear as to why Braun didn’t say anything about Biogenesis. Doing so would have been a wise idea.
Another layer to this story is Braun’s former friend Ralph Sasson suing him for defamation, something else Braun failed to mention in his apology, and hasn’t commented at all on. Sasson played a role in Braun successfully appealing his initial 2011 test.
Sasson is claiming that Braun was juicing while he was a student at the University of Miami, committed academic fraud, and that he accepted money when he was a student, which we all know is frowned upon by the NCAA.
The biggest part of Sasson’s accusations are that Braun had been juicing since he was in college at Miami.
Biogenesis just happens to be located steps away from the University of Miami campus, and not that it would matter at this point, but it would be disappointing to see another player supposedly issuing a tell-all apology when they are not telling the entire story.
Alex Rodriguez set the bar for that when he said he only juiced while he was with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003, which ended up being far from the truth.
Braun is signed with the Brewers through the 2020 season and has over $100 million dollars left on his contract.