Statement From Ryan Braun

The following statement was just issued by Brewers LF Ryan Braun:

“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.”




Far too little. Far too late. He’s lied so much leading up to this point, why should he believed now? Also, if it were a real apology, Braun should face the scrutiny and face questions, not hide behind a statement that was most likely NOT written by him.

Too late…….

For the first time, this seems heartfelt.

I take it all back.

Take what all back? Nothing is more humiliating than an apology. Even without that I know that everybody makes mistakes and it takes a lot to admit them and it takes more for another person to forgive.

Well said. And I’m not a Brewers fan.

I know its difficult to accept when you have made a giant mistake. Especially when any kind of drug is involved…admitting your mistake to just urself is hard..but to do. admit to everyone in the world has to be very hard to. Time will heal most wounds, n i pray that your family n close friends and MLB do this for him.l!! Ryan you will ALWAYS be one of our favorite players and we pray you make it through this with flying colors!!! WE LOVE U BRAUNY !!!❤

No apology for the Diamondbacks and how you cheated them out of a potentially long playoff run in 2011? Nice.

One step you could take to earning back my respect is to let people know that profesional athletes should not be the heros for our younger generations to look up to. You should stress that admiring a professional athlete for their talent and athleticism is ok, but our generations below us should not look up to you as a hero. I would much rather that my 2 and 5 year old boys look at their dad and other adults in their life as heros rather than professional athletes that happen to have a little more athletic skill than the average person. Good luck while you try to re-build your image. Like I said before, honestly, you are a nothing more than a person with above average athletic skill, not a hero for my children. Thank you and have a nice day.

Nobody told your children to look at Braun as their hero did they? My parents are my heroes, it didn’t take multi million dollar athletes with above average athletic skill to tell me to look up to my parents and to not idolize professional athletes….

I think you “the parent” should stress that athletes are not heros! Above average athletes play in college truly dedicated gifted athletes become professionals….your kinda clueless!!

What about the MVP award he received? I feel it should go a guy like Matt Kemp, the runner up, who is more deserving.

It is you as a parent that should instill in your child the proper meaning of ‘hero’! Athletes and celebrities should not be put on pedestals, rather you should live up to your job as a parent so your child puts YOU on a pedestal! Using the comments you have, shows you yourself put athletes in a higher standard, children learn by the examples of those most close to them! Athletes are only human, they make mistakes just like you and I! That should be the point made to children who look up to athletes, if they live an honest and caring life and work hard, they can be whom ever they want to be!

I’ve always liked Braun, even though I’m a Cardinals fan. I appreciate the admission and apologies…however, one thing still seems a little “off” – what kind of “creme and lozenges” cost the kind of money you were spending?!?! It’d go a long way towards the fans forgiving you if we heard the WHOLE story – that means what PEDs, how often and how much, as well as the specific results of the test. Then the experts can see if it all adds up.

All the same, I hope you’ve learned your lesson, and can start fresh next year. However, I’ll likely be reserving my applause for Gomez, Segura, Lucroy and Gennett when I’m attending Brewers games next season.

Ryan Braun is my 4 year old’s hero. We have not discouraged our son from continuing to view him in such a light. We explained to our son that Ryan is human and that no one has lived life without making mistakes and as long as you learn from your mistakes and take responsibility for your mistakes that is all anyone can do. My son is looking forward to Ryan’s return to baseball and so are we! Go Brewers!

-Ohio’s Biggest Brewers Fans

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Very well spoken/written…I accept your apology. You have always been my favorite and I’m glad you are finally taking fault for your actions. We are all only human and humans make mistakes.

A noble gesture and a good start to the next chapter. The important part is that you realize you have been given a gift to play at this level. You must never take that for granted again as there are many of us who firmly believe that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I played semi-pro baseball for many years and wasn’t given the gift of genetics to throw over 80 MPH. But, I worked hard and succeeded at my level even pitching successfully against 20 year-old college players in my upper 40’s. I’m 51 now, and am working hard in the gym to throw one more year once I return from my Afghanistan deployment. Never take anything for granted. Life is short. Enjoy the gift.

Anyone can say there sorry but meaning it is what really matters.

Ryan, you have been and always will be part of my Brewers juju. I always sit where you are and I always tell you that I love you. (Even when I saw you in Atlanta 3yrs ago.) And…I have never been to a losing game since I started. I have always had faith in you to do the right thing. We all slip at some point, but then we see our mistakes and right ourselves. I’m so happy for you to have chosen this road. I will remain your fan (as long as you’re a Brewer (sorry, they’re my team)) for as long as I live. Even if you do go to another team, I will remain proud of your courage. Thank you so much for being honest with us and to yourself. I wish you only the best for your future. My love always, Becky Zarling

Ryan Braun has a very long way to go to earn back any trust from his fans and his dignity. What he did, particularly to Dino Laurenzi, Jr., was despicable.

This is the first step and needed to be said. I’ve learned to be a forgiving person. The ball is in Ryan Braun’s court. His actions will speak louder than words.

As sincere as this appears to be, final punishment should be banishment from Baseball. I am a diehard Brewers and Baseball fan, and in my opinion, allowing anyone to still play after using drugs is the same thing as saying “Hey kids, Just say NO to Drugs “,(unless you play professional sports) Then it is okay ! It is a double standard, and it is wrong. Pete Rose was Banished from pro ball for life, and all he did was gamble. The line has to be drawn somewhere. I am not saying make an example of him, I am saying do the right thing !

Nice initial statement, but actions will speak louder than words!! Remember YOU are not a hero!! Don’t even be a role model until your life is in order. You are so fortunate to be making millions for playing a kids game!! Do it right, play by the rules, or quit and give up that salary so we can get a real player in Milwaukee.

Ryan, I am 1 of those fans, who took your side,couldn’t believe that YOU would lie to me,and now I am hurt, so hurt, that this apology,though needed, does not really make me feel good, I am still in mourning, i told the press that i considered you a son, so i would give you another chance ,but then you lied again,,,and with each wound the healing takes longer,,,and leaves a scar.and that will always be there

Thank you, Ryan for this heartfelt and sincere statement. As a long time Brewers fan this means a lot. Good luck to you and I now can’t wait for your return in 2014

Thank you Ryan…. now let the healing begin

You didn’t just happen to do something bad. You didn’t just take people’s trust. You ruined people along the way. I don’t see you fixing that.

I want you back as a whole man!

There is not one person on this earth that does not lie. If there is, let that person throw the first stone. Apology accepted from a fan, move on and see you next Spring.

This sounds a lot like the first time when he denied doing anything wrong and threw Dino Laurenzi, Jr under the bus. He ruined this man’s career and his reputation. I honestly believed it when he said that he was innocent. How am I suppose to believe him now? Fool me once…

you know we have all done things were not proud of and we have to suffer the consequences of what we did, i have made some very bad choices and have been forgiven. as a mom of someone your age my child has made bad mistakes but as a mom i will always be behind her.i am behind you in what ever happens and i proudly wear your jersey in public and will tell people that dont like it to kiss my duppa. you are in my thoughts and prayers and i hope to see you back next year.

Should the Brewers be able to sue Ryan Braun for misrepresentation and/or fraud? The contract extension and all the money to be paid was based on Ryan’s performance. If he was using performance enhancing drugs it can be reasoned that now that he is no longer using these drugs he will no longer be able to perform at the level which earned him the contract. While Baseball won’t let the Brewers revoke the contract an actual judge may. It is not my place to judge Ryan’s actions but I think that him coming back next season will be unfortunate for the young rookies that have been given the opportunity to pick up his slack over the last few months. These guys have been a lot of fun to watch and it’s too bad they will have to be sent back down too make room for Ryan. I would take a losing season with players that are clean and work hard to prove themselves over a World Series win with a team of Ryans. Keep up the good work Brewers, I still love you.

Well said Brauny…apology accepted!!!

Honestly, I can agree with a lot of that. Not that I have done drugs but when people say ive done something wrong I try to convince myself it wasn’t. So I understand where he is coming from and am excited to see him next year!

I’m a Brewers fan and I don’t believe the cream and lozenge bull, he was juicing with the hard stuff!! His pee sample was off the charts for testosterone, do you really think it was due to some cream????? He came clean but how about telling the whole truth?

Ok, he is sorry, I personally do not believe he did anything wrong. Do we not want our vehicles to perform best? Do we not want to make sure we do everything at the highest level possible? Steroids and drugs allow for that to happen, so what is wrong with that? It brings the game to a whole new level, better competition. Everyone and everything wants to perform at it’s highest level. You do what you have to do.

very well said. He’s still young enough to overcome his mistakes. I believed him along yes maybe me being a Brewers fan lead me to that but i still would feel bad for him either way. I feel bad for any player who has to go away to other teams cities and get booed and harassed about mistakes they have made. Ball players are only human just like everybody else and make bad decisions. If he gets caught doing it again yes he deserves to be be booed so i just hope hes learned from this and as fans we can look at it and accept he came clean and appreciate the things that all athletes who have done wrong before and look past it. I understand if your the home team you can boo thats fine i do it to away teams but give him a break and dont harass him it really shows poor sportsmanship.

Thank you for your statement–I wish it had come sooner but appreciate how hard it is to apologize so publicly, something most of us never had to do. I hope next year goes well for you and the Brewers!

Let him who has not sinned cast the 1st stone.

At every level of athletics there is a lot of pressure to perform and to succeed. Unlike in little league you have to have been blessed with great skill and athleticism in order to make it onto the field. The average Joe can only dream of making the same amount of money in a life time that great players make in a single year. I understand Braun has made a mistake just like every single one of us has at some point in our lives. We just don’t have millions of people paying attention to our every mistake. I am a Huge Brewers fan and I think Braun deserves a chance to make things right and EARN the forgiveness he seeks.

When I was growing up, my mom and dad were always there for me but I still looked up to Henry Aaron, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Babe, Red Schoendienst (sp) and the likes. There is nothing wrong with sports heroes as long as they play the game straight give back to the community and show the kids the way to play the game of life. Who is a bigger sports hero than Arnold Palmer. You have today sports stars giving to little league and other charities. Donald Driver is one, Bret Favre brought people to his house during Katrina. Don’t let idiots like Braun Arod and the lkes if a few to give the kid someone they can hold as those special memories at the park instead of on the streets. Kids nd sports heroes and our support of the onesv deserving. Remermber Prince Fielder holding his little guy in one arm and the Homerun Derby trophy in the other, Phil Mikklesen at the Open. Don’t be so quick to judge. In time we’ll find out what Braun is made of. I loved sports all my life and still loved my mom and dad as they did me. Look at the families, instead the “heroes” for deterioration of our kids growing up.

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Everyone makes mistakes and you have to. The responsibility you have taken shows courage so dont let people impend your progress mate.

Unfortunately there is still a huge credibility issue. All he says is, what, late 2011, for a short period of time, some cream and lozenge, and that he was told that it would help in his recovery. Sorry, that won’t cut it for me. I do not believe he is being completely honest about all details or completely accepting responsibility for his actions. Unfortunately we will never know the whole truth and Mr. Braun will continue to downplay his participation and motivation. He could have said, this is the date I started taking, this is when I stopped, this is what I used and this is how often. And he could be honest and says, yes, at the time I took this illegal substances, I knew they were illegal and I chose to take them anyways out of ego, greed and/or pure lack of moral compass. He could also go on to say that he knows that there are many people who will never forget his words and actions and if they choose “not to forgive” or forget, that he understands and is okay with people who take that position. And he could also apologize to the fellow baseball players that play the game day and day out and do it cleanly. The correct thing to do would also be to give his MVP to Kemp, as additional punishment and atonement. This he will of course never do. To much ego and to much lack of moral compass.

time will tell much more than a smart and well-crafted public statement.

I have and always will support Ryan Braun!!

You’re only sorry because you got caught. As a Brewers fan, I am ashamed of Braun. Although it took him two times to admit his mistakes, it was after the fact. Perhaps one day he will earn back the trust of your loyal and dedicated fans. He needs to prove himself on and off the field.

I love how he never used the word “lie” in that entire speech

On opening day, 2014, when he is introduced, I will not cheer for him and I will not boo him. He will still have to earn my trust.

Braun and any other sports person should not be looked up to as a hero. They are what they are, athletes. They make mistakes as we all do. There misakes are made public because of the life they have. We have all made mistakes in our lives. We are human. All of us. To judge anyone without being in there position is not our responsibility. Our responisbility is to do the best we can with what we have. Raise our children by our values, and not rely on sports figures to be role models. Forgive, move on, learn, and become a better person by each experience we are given to learn from.

The only thing I have to say is this. No one is perfect, we are human and mistakes. None of these guys every asked you to place them on that ever so high pedestal. You put them there, you showed your kids how to idolize them, now live with it. Well written statement that was long overdue.

Brauny all is forgivin man, your human n humans make mistakes, I just hope your friends, family n teammates understand and for give you. Brewers for life cant wait to see you back out there n playin good or bad.

I still cannot believe a word out of his mouth, or written… If he really wanted to own up to his mistakes why not have a press conference and answer the difficult questions? It hurts me being a life long Brewer fan, a cream and a lozenge…really? He started by one lie now he has built a house of lies.

Why do Diamondbacks fans want an apology? He used a CREAM! Do you really think that caused the outcome of that playoff series?

Keep complaining Diamondbacks fans, you lost whether you like it or not.

Give back some of the money you got while you were on peds. You cheated the organization.

Mr.Braun, no person is without sin. We will all make mistakes or better phrased bad decisions. I have been a person who stands against peds because of the rules. Simply that, its against the rules so if you do it your punished. This statement is much more than I expected…although I am a fan and not a friend or family or teammate. There will be some who forgive and others that dont but I will give another chance. PLEASE do not let us down!

PED’s will not make a person off the street a star of any sport. Ryan Braun is an elite athlete without the PED’s.

PED’s will not turn a person off the street into a sports star. Ryan Braun is an elite athlete without the PED’s.

I think Ryan is beginning a long healing process not just for himself, but with family, fiends, fans, etc… People always react harshest toward public figures. They tend to forget that they are human beings too. If you are able to truly say you’ve never done wrong then you can judge, I believe everyone deserves a second (sometimes third) chance. The first steph was admitting his mistakes now he starts the slow process of healing. I support him and any of the other players who step up now to be a part of the solution. I wouldn’t turn my back on a friend or one of my children if they had troubles….

I really don’t know about people now a days. Do any of you remember Mcguire ? he grew out of his uniform, i don’t see any of this with Ryan, And for God sakes how many players are in the Hall of Fame that took drugs to earn more money, before there was any drug testing, was it ok then? Rayn had the money he didn’t need it, i think he’s telling the truth, INJURY, and with the pressure of the play offs he wanted to stop hurting and play well to get Milwaukee a championship. So in reallity he was doing it not just to stop hurting, but to help us the fans, have the pride of a championship

I think he deserves another chance. It seems truly heartfelt and sincere!

Love it! I don’t believe in drugs one bit but I believe in giving people second chances and I believe in standing behind people through the good times and the bad times and as long as they truely mean something than you stand behind someone and roll with the punches. I’ve watched many people crumble and the ones who can pick themselves up and be a better man are sometimes the greatest of all time. Everyone points fingers and are so quick to judge, like you’ve never made a mistake or did anything wrong in your life, give the guy a break.

It’s never too late. Ryan, I wish you the best!!! I will gladly welcome you back to the Brewers. #8

I love that you admitted your mistakes, but I (as a Brewer fan) would have much rather you did it personally with a press conference. Braun, take the hard questions from media and fans alike and maybe, just maybe, I will again root for #8.

Have any of us been under the pressures these people are under? Teach your children a lesson in forgiveness and stop whining about how hurt you are!

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