Yesterday Ryan Braun issued a lengthy statement admitting guilt about the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Today, you will have to dig very deep to find anyone that is happy with it.
At this point, Ryan Braun should stop listening to the critics. Yes, you read that right.
The gripes range from it being an impersonal written statement, to questions of its timing and finally that the long mea culpa was just not enough. Really?
He admitted he used substances banned by Major League Baseball to increase his testosterone level. He apologized to the employee of the testing service he had accused of being dishonest, his teammates and his personal circle who he deceived in a big way. A link to the full statement posted below.
More importantly he didn't spare himself, saying he was "wrong" and out of touch with reality.
"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."
Would his harshest critics be satisfied if he did a confess-and cry-session on television with a handpicked journalist? The critics would say it was all staged. Would they be happy if he gave us his doping schedule and explained how he came to be in business with Tony Bosch and his lab named Biogenesis? Critics would argue there had to be more.
Would we believe him if he said those days are way over and he's clean as a whistle now? Of course not, because he didn't test positive for a banned substance, just like the others linked to Biogenesis who took their suspensions without a peep.
There is nothing MLB can cook up that won't be a step or two behind the individuals who devise ways to cheat.
When Nomar Garciaparra spoke this morning with Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio, he professed to having played the game, "the right way", without synthetic help. There is no way to tell who is or is not clean in baseball any longer, without whistleblowers or subpoena power from the government.
One of the best reporters in the game, Buster Olney of ESPN has a list of questions he would like answered. Again I ask why? The man disgraced himself, his reputation and hurt his family and friends. He will come out in the open when he's ready. Until then more detailed information doesn't get us anywhere. MLB has what it needs and Braun finally gave up the charade.
It should be enough.