Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Ryan Braun Admits to PED Use

So Ryan Braun expects me to believe that he's sorry?

Does he remember the press conference from February 24, 2012 at Milwaukee Brewers spring training discussing the "nightmare" he was experiencing? During that press conference, Braun proudly stood before the cameras and denied any knowledge regarding how banned substances entered his system and led to an elevated urine sample. At the time, he faced a 50-game suspension to begin the 2012 season, but successfully appealed his suspension due to the improper handling of his positive urine sample. You can watch the press conference where he proclaimed his innocence here.

He played the entire 2012 season and hit 41 home runs, the most in his career. During 2013, he only played in 61 games. Partially due to injuries, but partially due to a 65-game suspension that he willingly accepted for his role in Biogenesis investigation.

Today, he finally released a statement admitting his guilt and acknowledging his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Did he stand proudly and confidently in front of television cameras like he did in 2012? Nope, he hid behind this statement. Coward.

If I understand this correctly, Braun is joining the list of baseball players claiming he didn't knowingly take a banned substance. Some fans and baseball commentators (Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz and John Hart to name a few) are claiming that he did the right thing. That's baseball's way "putting it behind them". Issuing a statement then acting like it never happened. I understand the sentiment, but this has happened far too much in baseball over the course of the last decade to think he's being genuine. What athlete would purchase and use any chemicals without clearing it with his agent first? Someone who intends to cheat the system, that's who. Ryan Braun now joins the ranks of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez and Jason Giambi. Cheats. Liars. Frauds.

I'll admit that I'm a Chicago Cubs fan. While I a handful of Brewers games each season, my loyalty is to the Cubs first and foremost. Now you cannot call me a hypocrite. I feel the same about Sammy Sosa. He tainted the Cubs with his steroid-fueled home run barrage during the 1990s and early 2000s. He hit 60 or more home runs three times (66 in 1998, 63 in 1999, 64 in 2001). All three times he surpassed Roger Maris' mark of 61 in 1961. Oddly enough, Sosa didn't lead the league in any of those seasons.

So Ryan Braun expects me to believe he's sorry that he lied to everyone. No, he's only sorry he was caught. Just like all of the others. Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and so on.

Oh, and here's the letter he issued through the Brewers. Yawn.


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