Posted November 27, 2013

Ryan Braun addresses media for first time since PED suspension

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Ryan Braun (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Ryan Braun has 211 home runs in seven big league seasons. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Ryan Braun’s first public appearance since his 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use came on Wednesday, as the Brewers outfielder helped take food donations near Miller Park.

When he was done, Braun stood in front of a bank of microphones and took questions from the media. While he said a lot, he disclosed very little, though he did say he was remorseful.

The entirety of the press conference was transcribed by Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and can be read here.

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“Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific,” Braun said. “I got into a lot of details at that point. I’m not really going to go into any further details. I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying.”

When asked why he lied during a press conference discussing winning his appeal of PED use in 2012, calling himself “a victim of a failed process,” Braun said “it was a big mistake.”

“I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake,” he said. “I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day. But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I’m not going to get into too many specifics. I really don’t think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I’m not going to discuss that subject.”

Braun, the 2011 NL MVP who turned 30 on Nov. 17, hit .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs in 61 games this past season after a string of five years with at least 25 home runs and 103 RBIs.

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51 comments
ngk11
ngk11

I doubt that will cut it Braun. You threw too many people under the bus after getting busted. You would have just disappeared and not made any apology what so ever like Rafael Palmero If you werent owed 125 million to play for another 5 years or whatever you are being over payed. You will forever be a scumbag and forever be on the OUTSIDE looking in at the HOF--even if your career is good enough to get in

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I hope people do not fall for Braun's crap.. you are who you are....  rarely can a person change... becoming a different person... and we all know Braun is nothing but scum... 

This is all P.R. nothing more little by little Braun will come out giving us something new each time, all perfectly orchestrated... instead of being real / genuine stepping up and speaking from the heart.,... next thing he will be reading to kids like Chris Brown... SMH... i hate when the P.R. machine and lawyers try to insult a person intelligence.,..

inthepresent
inthepresent

i'm curious if the anti-PED stance is as anti amphetamines as it is with other PEDs? 

i'm asking because it was rampant in the last century - by most accounts far more so than  steroids and the like. 

DeathTongueOpus
DeathTongueOpus

Who cares?? what's the difference between performance enhancing drugs, performance enhancing vitamins, performance enhancing exercises, etc...they're still humans, not robots. I want to see some home runs, not a bunch of scrawny midgets trying to eke out singles.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

More like he "deeply regrets getting busted".

That ain't the same thing as 'remorse', Ryan.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

How about writing this into the MLB CBA: If you get caught using PED's your contract is immediately voided and you cannot sign another for any more money than the rookie minimum.  And you can never earn more than the rookie minimum the rest of your career. That should be  pretty good deterrent.  

AlanPolonsky
AlanPolonsky

What about the collector who he slandered?

I see a lot of I'm sorry, but not so much exactly what he is sorry for.  The first apology should have been to and for the entirely innocent person he through under the bus to protect his a$$.

JoshuaM.Hyman
JoshuaM.Hyman

No matter what he says the bottom line is that he earned millions of dollars that he otherwise would not have earn if not for cheating. The money he will lose during the suspension is pennies compared to what he has already earned. He is laughing all the way to the bank.

j7apple
j7apple

Ryan, sometimes less is more.  "I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake"

Perhaps just say, "I cheated, I lied, I am sorry, the end"


poseyman28
poseyman28

Braun is only remorseful about losing his salary of 65 games and not getting away with his PED's.  Does he really care what any of us think about him?  Braun, you are a scum bag, a lying piece of sh-t.  You are quickly becoming involved in one more of A-rod's clubs. 

M20
M20

There's nothing he said that doesn't translate to "I regret that I didn't get away with it"

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

Its one thing to get caught. Its another to blame others when you know they didn't do it. Its also another to lie to people faces.

Braun is a loser and he isnt just "going to move on". No one forgives that type of thing.

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

In an effort to move forward we are going to call you a cheating f@[k

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

This is like Bernie Madoff apologizing for ripping off thousands of people of their hard earned funds. Apology not accepted you cheating lying moron.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I detest these lying hypocrites that, after being exposed, say, 'I made a mistake'. Yes, of course you did and you knew it was a mistake at the time. He was willing to destroy other people's lives and is acting as if he didn't realize what he was doing at the time. I don't think he should ever be allowed to play major league baseball again. Not just for the PED use, but for his behavior afterward. He is an utterly contemptible individual. He can make amends, that's fine, but he should be banned from the game for life.   

dirtdawg1964
dirtdawg1964

Okay, sure. So when you were lying you had nothing but stuff to spew, destroying a man's reputation and costing him his job to boot. Now that you are telling the truth you have no time to talk about what you did and the destruction to others that caused? Did you go to the Lance Armstrong School of Repentance?

Ryan, look up the word "integrity". Then do your very best to try and emulate it.

MaxPatch
MaxPatch

He's only remorseful that  he got caught.

Lufts
Lufts

Sure sign of someone who is not remorseful for the deed but rather for getting caught is to continually refer to himself as a victim.  Taking responsibility means exactly that.  No one did it but him.  And his original "apology" was a joke.  Just like Pettite he didn't begin to tell the truth.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

I dont see him giving any money back.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

blah blah........NO chance he is remorseful. just go away and stop the sympathy b.s.

2001mark
2001mark

He's only severely remorseful for GETTING CAUGHT.  

He should quit the game he cheated & fill his time riding bikes with Lance.

NEsports27
NEsports27

Too little too late.  I don't care if he feels bad about it.  I'll care when he gives a personal apology to the man he unjustly and wrongly humiliated on a national stage including restitution and punitive damages.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

He's sorry he got caught.  I still haven't heard him apologize to the sample collector that he blamed for all this, and who oh by the way lost his job as a result of Braun's lies.  Meanwhile, Bran's lies earned Ryan B a huge contract (if you think he would have gotten that money without cheating, you're delusional).

Braun is a cheater, and a pathetic human being.

Stewart3
Stewart3

BS  he is only sorry he got caught      toss him and the others for at least 2 years

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

"I am deeply remorseful that I had to sacrifice $6 million this year to collect $113 million through 2020.

Scumbag.

Jonathan T
Jonathan T

The only thing is sorry about is that he got caught. 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Spin doctors - how do I reword "I'm sorry that I was caught" so that it sounds genuine?

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

I regret that nobody was stupid enough to buy into my press conference. So now my handlers say enough time has passed to try another spin tactic. Dooooooooosh....

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@DeathTongueOpus I suggest professional wrestling. That's a side show, just as the other pro sports are becoming, and baseball already is.

inthepresent
inthepresent

@Rickapolis 

absolutely in favor from hereon in. it will be a wonderful deterrent. the only issue will be detecting the latest PED. they're always one step ahead, so the clause will have to be worded carefully and inclusively, 

doghockey
doghockey

@BlowPop852 Uh, apparently the folks that run baseball & the Brewers forgive that type of thing since he still has a job.

DeathTongueOpus
DeathTongueOpus

@Steve Phillips what a bunch of crap. Madoff stole people's life savings, Braun is providing entertainment and he lived up to that requirement. No one is asking for their money back from Braun, except for some loser douchbags that need something to complain about.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@Rickapolis 

You took the words out of my mouth... so I don't need to make my point.

This guy is the NL version of Arod (To a lesser degree). He lied multiple times, so why ever believe him again? He has tarnished his career and legacy. I have said this before, but I guess it pays to cheat and if it was me I you probably do the same in order to get a contract for over $100 million. I think (easier said than done) I would tell the truth though.

doghockey
doghockey

@2001mark Why would he quit?  He's got $100 million plus coming to him over the next few years.  It is fun to think about how much that will irritate the hell  out of you.

doghockey
doghockey

@Stewart3 Sure, make up some new rules after the fact.   You are not to aware of how the legal system works are you?

doghockey
doghockey

@Rickapolis @DeathTongueOpus Yet, when a player uses a performance enhancing drug like cortisone or some other anti-inflammatory that has been randomly deemed legal, all we hear is how the player is a warrior, doing what he can to help his team.  Lots of hypocrisy in all of this.

BY
BY

@doghockey @Steve Phillips I'm with Steve on this. doghockey you must be a blast at parties with that ability to see the absolute worst in a situation.

doghockey
doghockey

@MikeKing Uh, they likely forgave him the day that he was suspended, because they realize that this stuff goes on all over baseball, and is not limited to one guy, regardless of the amusing antics of you cyber-screamers.

doghockey
doghockey

@BY @doghockey The worst?  The guy still has a job that will pay him a bunch of money.  One fewer person collecting unemployment and food stamps.  

doghockey
doghockey

@Stork62 Good one.  You sure told me.  Oh, and I thought that mocking that guy was original.  Apparently your sense of humor is in hiding.