Ryan Braun: How to apologize

 

            At last, a respectable apology.

 

            Technically, Ryan Braun didn’t have to do it. Heaven knows, a lot of people don’t. How many times do we see someone say, “If I have offended anyone…” or “I’m looking forward to telling my side of the story” and then never telling the truth?

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            The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder issued a statement through the team on Thursday regarding his PED involvement. Here were the highlights:

            “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.”

 

            Hmmmm. Admitting to lying to the press?

 

            You don’t see that every day.

 

            “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.”

 

Gee, admitting you were in denial?

Getting better.

 

            “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.”

 

            Braun went on to say that in 2011 he “turned to products for a short time that I shouldn’t have used” to overcome an injury.

 

            He called it “a huge mistake” and apologized for attacking the reputation of the drug collector involved in Braun’s positive test in 2011. His initial suspension was overturned.

 

            “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… There is no excuse for any of this.”

 

            Want more groveling?

 

            Comin’ right up.           

 

            “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.”

            Lastly, he said, “I am deeply sorry for my actions, and I apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by them.”

            Did you get that? He said everyone, not anyone. Big difference.

 

            He said he was responsible for his wrongful actions, not what might  have occurred.

 

            Time will tell if he’s as sincere as he says. But it’s already a step that few athletes (or politicians, for that matter), take — either before or after they’re caught doing embarrassing and/or illegal things.

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One comment

  1. Tom

    “What Ryan Braun Wished He Could Say”
    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. First of all I’m not the only one who did it, but be that as it may.
    I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes… no wait… they weren’t really “mistakes” I pretty much calculated my actions pretty carefully… but the fact is I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong. Maybe you’ve had that experience.
    Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season… for the first and only time, 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… crap… I’m starting to sound like Bonds and Clemens… you know what… here’s the truth. Steroids… HGH… PED’s whatever you want to call them. They work. Proofs in the pudding. Just look at the overblown stats of the Steroid Era. They work and they work great. That’s the bottom line. So where was… oh… I decided I’d take the risk…. I figured I wouldn’t get caught. But as we now know… I did. Not by a drug test mind you but by some paperwork and other what not… but in any event… I was caught. No excuse was going to change that bit of harsh reality.
    How was I caught? Well the fact is MLB never showed me any of their evidence. So I can’t comment on that. You’ll probably have to wait till it leaks… and sure as I’m standing here it’ll leak and I won’t be able to comment because I just don’t know how I was caught. See how that works? Kinda tidy isn’t it. Thanks to my attorneys for that!
    It was important to me to begin my suspension immediately so I might minimize the pain I caused everyone… and besides I was injured… the team was out of any race… and the heat was on. Bottom line… it was the optimum time to take the suspension.
    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. But not by the guy who wrote this – “What Ryan Braun Wished He Could Say” – Parody Statement? His take on the whole PED mess is more than an attack or accusation. His take hopes to be illuminating. He hopes to cut through the stuff my attorney wrote for me to sign and finally shed some light on the truth by adding humorous yet sensible insights. But I digress.
    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 who looked the other way while the Steroid Era distracted fans from the strike and the greed that lead to it. He has made mistakes as well. I guess nobody’s hands are really clean.
    I suppose this would be a good time to apologize to Jose Canseco. I didn’t really know him but as it turns out he was pretty much dead on regarding the use of PED’s in Major League Baseball. And mostly I sincerely apologize to Dino Laurenzi, Jr. the drug testing guy that I threw under the bus because I figured that what was going on in his life was not as important as what was going on in mine. Dude lost his job. I should probably see if he needs a little assistance… but… where was I…
    Nobody wants to be called a cheater but that is what I will be called. And fairly so… but I intend to share the lessons I learned with others so they don’t repeat my mistakes. Lesson #1 – Don’t cheat. Lesson #2 – If you are going to cheat… don’t get caught! And lesson #3 – Say what your attorneys tell you to say!
    I support baseball’s Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program and the importance of cleaning up the game. Even though I passed every single one of their tests and they never caught me I have decided I needed to fess up… besides they clearly had the goods on me… even though I didn’t see the goods. I am dedicated to making amends and to earning back the trust of my teammates… but NOT my opponents because you just know some of them are passing tests as we speak.
    In conclusion, I apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by my selfish actions.
    Love the Game.

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