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?
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?
“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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