Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has finally spoken. The 29-year-old 2011 National League MVP, who was suspended by Major League Baseball for violating its drug policy, came clean on Thursday. As CNN reports on August 22, Braun apologized by admitting his drug use and blaming himself for his mistakes.
In a statement released on Thursday, Braun admits he originally lied about using illegal substances, and explains why.
“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.”
Braun has also disappointed his fans and teammates as the five-time All-Star also admitted to using illegal products during 2011, the year he won MVP. He said he did so to deal with a “nagging injury”.
His actions resulted in a suspension handed down by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. Not only was Braun suspended for the rest of the 2013 season, he also will be without pay.
With the Alex Rodriguez soap opera continuing to dominate MLB headlines, some attention has been taken away from Braun, but now that he has spoken, perhaps he and his fans can move on. Braun said on Thursday that he felt “attacked”at the time he was first accused, but admits looking back, he 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.”
If the suspension isn’t punishment enough for Ryan Braun, then his own embarrassment will be something he’ll have to carry with him for the rest of his life.