Ryan Braun finally apologized...well, to some degree.
In a statement released through the Milwaukee Brewers, Braun apologized to his family, teammates, the Brewers organization, his friends, agents and advisors.
My response to him—that's it?
Braun has a long way to go before he's forgiven. He's ruined many people's lives, reputations and cost players money in the process.
This statement simply won't do:
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.
So, who does Braun still need to apologize to?
Matt Kemp finished second to Braun in the 2011 MVP voting.
His numbers were already better than Braun's, but somehow Braun still beat him in a close vote, 388-332.
In 2011, Kemp batted .324 with 39 home runs, 126 RBI, 195 hits, 115 runs, 40 stolen bases and had an 8.13 WAR. Braun, on the other hand, batted .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, 187 hits, 109 runs, 33 stolen bases and had a 7.83 WAR.
There is no way Braun should have received the award over Kemp in the first place, and even more so now since he admitted to PED use.
Kemp deserves an apology. In fact, CNN's Rachel Nichols tweeted this:
Wondering if Ryan Braun intends to tape a copy of that statement onto the 2011 NL MVP trophy & mail it to Matt Kemp
Braun literally cheated his way to the MVP and Kemp deserves an apology, if not the MVP for that season.
Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun are best of friends.
So much so that when the allegations over Braun's steroid use first came out, Rodgers went on the defensive for his friend.
In a story on Yahoo! Sports, writer Frank Schwab copied tweets from Rodgers which said he'd bet his entire salary on Braun's innocence.
@toddsutton ya I'd put my salary next year on it. #ponyup#exonerated
MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated
Now, Rodgers looks like the idiot, although most don't believe he'll actually "ponyup" the money.
Rodgers told Yahoo! Sports' Jay Busbee that "it doesn't feel good to be lied to."
"It doesn't feel good to be lied to like that, and I'm disappointed at how it all went down," Rodgers said, indicating that Braun lied directly to him about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun messed up the trust between friends and he should apologize to Rodgers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Brewers had one of the more exciting playoff series in 2011.
The series went to five games and saw the Brewers prevail 3-2 in 10 innings of Game 5. In that game, Braun went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
It was during that series where he also failed the drug test.
For the series, he batted .500 with one home run and four RBI. You can't say he didn't impact the series, because he did.
And it also cost the players in the pocketbook.
Because they won the series (and lost in the NLCS), each Brewers player received $133,511 as their playoff share, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Diamondbacks received $26,674.74.
I'd say that's a pretty big difference.
Maybe Braun should make up that difference to all the members of that team.
Braun drug Dino Laurenzi through the mud.
After testing positive, Braun questioned the collection process, saying his specimen was tampered with. According
Ultimately, his suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.
According to ESPN:
In his appeal, Braun didn't argue evidence of tampering and didn't dispute the science, but argued protocol had not been followed. Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn that Braun questioned the chain of custody and collection procedure.
MLB officials argued that there was no question about the chain of custody or the integrity of the sample, and that Braun's representatives did not argue that the test itself was faulty.
As Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports, Braun even tried to get other MLB players to side with him and discredit Laurenzi.
Suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun told players around baseball before spring training 2012 that the man who collected his urine that tested positive for synthetic testosterone was anti-Semitic and a Chicago Cubs fan in an effort to gather support throughout the game, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo! Sports.
Braun drug this guy's name through the mud. He definitely owes him an apology.
There is no reason this should have been brought to an arbitrator, but it was.
And subsequently, Braun's lawyers successfully had the 50-game suspension overturned.
In response, MLB fired Shyam Das, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Shyam Das was not fired solely because of his decision on Ryan Braun's positive drug test, but it certainly played a major role, according to persons familiar with the decision but not authorized to discuss the dismissal.
Sure, Das had made other decisions in the past that didn't make MLB happy, and he might have been fired sometime down the road. But this case should have never come to him as Braun knew he had rightly tested positive.
Chalk it up to another career ruined by Braun.
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