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ryan braun maskMonths after he was suspended for his connection to the Miami clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a handful of MLB players, and a couple years after he tested positive for a banned substance (and proclaimed his innocence after an arbitration victory), Ryan Braun is finally discussing the entire mess.

Well, kind of.

Understandably, folks have a lot of questions for the MVP who tested positive, won an appeal on a technicality, lambasted everyone else in a victory speech … and then later accepted a significant suspension for PEDs. Today, Braun met with the media and answered, um, not really much of anything.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the full transcript, in which Braun says some variation of the “I’m not here to talk about the past” that Mark McGwire popularized before Congress, or something like “I am not going to go into details,” to deflect a question 11 times. He has apparently discussed things with the specimen collector he previously buried publicly (and privately by, among other things, suggesting the collector was a biased Cubs fan, according to at least one report), so maybe there’s something minimally laudable there.

A small,f exemplary selection from the impromptu media session:

Knowing you got away with a positive test, why did you have that news conference in Maryvale where you lied and essentially threw [specimen collector Dino] Laurenzi under the bus?

“I’m not really, again, going to get into too many specifics. I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake. I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day. But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I’m not going to get into too many specifics. I really don’t think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I’m not going to discuss that subject.”

Don’t you think you owe everybody to talk about the specifics?

“Yeah, I completely understand where you guys are coming from and a part of your job is to ask those questions, but I hope that you guys can understand and respect that in an effort to move forward that I’m just not going to continue to discuss that stuff.”

No one can force Braun to reveal more details about what actually happened with his original positive test and with his subsequent suspension for the Miami clinic stuff. Just as no one can force fans to forgive Braun and move past all of this without more disclosure. That’s probably just the way it’s going to be for the rest of Braun’s career.

  • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

    I can’t decide if that picture or the picture of Braun’s douchey T-shirt is my favorite Braun douche picture.

  • Curt

    Should change that M on his helmet to a big L bc thts what he is srry me.braun but yr a cheater and yr the worst kind of one you knew you cheated and got away with it then through a guy just doing his job jnder the bus while being holier than thou proclaiming yr innocence and now and now yr going to come out and say oh yeah you say nothing , sorry that’s not good enough , good day mr. Braun you are the weakest link you douschebag oh btw here’s an extension and more millions for you. Even if yu ever put up the stats to get into Cooperstown access denied.

  • jon

    Legally, he’s probably be advised to say this(aka as little as possible), so I don’t get why people are still spitting fire over this.

    • JB88

      He held the press conference. In the off-season. It isn’t like anyone forced him to do this, so I’m not sure why anyone is seeking to defend Braun or his continued lack of candor on the subject.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        He probably wanted to set his boundaries, in the off-season. So it would not create a disturbance more than what it already will. As much as I hate them, I agree it really does nobody any good to go into more details and understand why he did this in November and not April. Everyone involved, including himself, knows what level of d-bag he is. If he came out with more details, it would essentially create a media firestorm for next year. Then, when they suck (they already will), there will be more pressure on him as a result.

        • JB88

          Come now. This was an incredibly calculated press conference, called on Braun’s terms and when Braun dictated. What good is there to call the press conference on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and then not answer a single question about the most pressing issue facing you as a ballplayer for the Milwaukee Brewers? This press conference was called for the precise reason that now Braun can say he called a press conference and the press questioned him on these very topics.

          Watch. I guarantee that he later cites this press conference when refusing to answer these questions. There is zero reason otherwise for him to bury this press conference when he did.

    • Funn Dave

      Legally? What would be the legal repurcussions of a candid explanation of what really went down and his justifications for his actions?

  • jon

    Remember, as Cubs fans, one of our beloved conveniently “forgot how to speak English” when pressed on the issue.

    • Edwin

      I’m sure it had nothing to do with coming before congress and English being his second langauge.

    • Cub Lifer

      Yeah, Sam-ME Steroid steps in front of Congress under sworn oath and conveniently forgets English. Should have been deported from this great country for good for his convenient stunt.

      • Edwin

        So anyone who can’t speak English should be deported?

        • ssckelley

          I did not get that from his comment, there are many people here that are citizens that do not speak english. When you are in this country working with a visa lying under oath is not a good thing.

          • Funn Dave

            I don’t think he did, either. For some reason Edwin likes to intentionally misinterpret comments.

      • hansman

        Ya, let’s send you to a country where you know just enough of the language to get around and then haul you in front of their Congress, under oath, and see how willing you are to speak their language.

    • ssckelley

      Not sure I would call Sammy “beloved” anymore.

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    Scumbag

  • Edwin

    Would anyone feel any differently if he did go into specifics? I don’t understand what more the writers/reporters want or expect.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I might. I tend to respect full disclosure and honesty, and that’s pretty big to me after you’ve screwed up. Saying “I screwed up, forgive me, but I can’t tell you anything about it” has always rung quite hollow to me. Maybe that’s because I’m just more of an open-book-screw-up kind of guy.

      • ssckelley

        I agree, the public wants to forgive and forget especially when it comes to their sports hero’s. I think public figures make more problems for themselves by refusing to comment and trying to divert attention away from what happened.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        As much as I understand why he didn’t go into specifics, I tend to agree with you Brett. I would have preferred him to say, “I am advised not to speak on this. Even if I could, I probably would not, due to how little it changes anything. I apologize for what I did, and can’t change a thing. For respect of my teammates, I am not addressing this further.” Would have been more respectable. Or he could have went with the traditional, “Baseball been, bery, bery, good to me…”

      • Edwin

        I think some people would respect him more, but I think most just enjoy having a former star player to drag through the mud, and statements from Braun won’t change that.

      • Diamond Don

        Well said Brett! Until Braun comes completely clean and admits to all his cheating in detail, there is no real forgiveness. If he would come completely clean, and apologize sincerely to all he hurt, he might start gaining some of the respect back from fans.

      • cubzfan23

        Agreed… if you make a mistake… be a man and own up to it.

      • Funn Dave

        Yes. Absolutely.

      • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

        Yeah, Braun is only screwing himself here by deflecting and not coming clean completely. People do forgive if you accept total responsibility and are open and honest about what you did. Braun released a press statement when he was suspended that repeatedly said nothing other than, “I made a mistake, I’m sorry.”
        Months later in the offseason he holds a press conference where he answers nothing saying he wants to move forward but won’t really disclose anything other than, “I made a mistake, I’m sorry” and it’s all basically so he doesn’t get bum rushed in spring training and can say, “I addressed all of this last season and during the offseason and I’m moving forward.”
        None of it helps him or his image outside of Milwaukee at all. He’s just laying low and sorry he got caught. He doesn’t realize he’ll always be booed and labeled a cheater.
        Publicly apologize to the collector. If he sues for libel citing your public admission of wrong doing, pay up. You are a multi-millionaire. It’ll be money well spent in the court of public opinion.

  • Lukas

    Eh, I’ll give him another chance. People deserve a chance to be forgiven. If the dude whose reputation he tried to ruin has done that, I think the fans should too.

    Plus he is very good at baseball and fun to watch.

    • Funn Dave

      You realize this was his second chance, right? That most Brewers fans forgave and forgot after he was cleared the first time?

  • Cub Lifer

    This bug eyed herpes infested liar needs to go away. I still hope the Fed Ex man who he destroyed sues the bastard for every scheckle he’s got.

    • Edwin

      I’m not sure what he’d be able to sue on. The Fed Ex guy did screw up the handling of the test. Is there enough from Braun’s quotes for the guy to actually go after Braun for defamation of character?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That description of Braun is a bit too much. See the commenting policy: http://www.bleachernation.com/privacy-policy-and-terms-of-use/

      • MightyBear

        Brett’s been breaking out the commenting policy a lot lately which is a shame. I will say this, it’s not as bad as MLBTR. They post that commenting policy every other day. In the words of Aretha Franklin via Otis Redding, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Respect, just a little bit.”

        • Funn Dave

          Are you saying it’s a shame that there are potentially offensive comments, or that Brett has been posting the terms of use? Because I’d rather he post the terms of use as a friendly reminder than arbitrarily delete comments or ban users (although there are definitely instances in which a comment does deserve to be deleted or a user does deserve to be banned.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I’ve been given no choice.

          And I’m still very hands-off, as you note.

  • Will

    Why should anybody forgive that clown? Has he actually apologized to anybody for what he has done? No! An actual apology includes no only an “i’m sorry,” but actions that he will take to prove how sorry he really is. In the case of Roiden Braun, he needs to offer a public/face to face apology to the test collector that he ruined and also inform the public, including kids that looked up to him as a role model, how they can avoid scumbags like himself! The HGH and steroids don’t stop unless people are educated on the subject, and sometimes the best educators are the offenders.

    Kinda like why the best politicians are typically the most vile of crooks.

    • Lukas

      I think its pretty obvious he apologized in private, which is good enough for me. Especially since he doesn’t owe you or me anything.

      • Funn Dave

        No way is that good enough for me. He ruined that man’s life very publicly; the apology should be public, too.

        And no he doesn’t technically “owe” us anything, but there are def actions he needs to take if he wants people’s respect back.

  • MightyBear

    I hated Braun before he was outed as a cheater and a liar. I just hate him more now.

    • Spriggs

      I dislike the man more every time I see him – no matter what he says or does. So, there is no winning me over. I could care less what he says, what he admits to or what he doesn’t.

  • hansman

    So you schedule a meet and greet with the media, knowing damn well what they are going to ask you about, and then decline to talk about anything?

    Way to be a class act.

  • ssckelley

    I wonder what the Brewers would want in a trade for Braun. How about Vitters and BJackson?

    • hansman

      Needs moar quantity. Throw in Barney, Ha and Szczur.

      • ssckelley

        Now your talkin, throw in McNutt just to be nice.

    • Lukas

      Probably a lot more than that, but I’d be very interested if they were looking to move him. he’d look pretty good in our lineup.

      • JulioZuleta

        First of all, no, Just no. I would vomit if I saw him in Cubs gear, I don’t care that he might be a good player. And yes, I said might be. Keep in mind, his failed test was 20 TIMES higher than normal testoscerone levels and by far the highest sample ever recorded in a baseball player. One of the reasons that he got off was that arbitrators/writers said “There’s no way he could have taken that much, it HAD to be tampered with in some way.” If he actually stops roiding (yet to be seen), there could be a significant drop in his play. There is pretty strong evidence that he has been juicing since at least college, so we really don’t know what it might look like. Look at what happened to Melky Cabrera. Pass.

        • Lukas

          Still better chances he outplays any of the outfielders on the cubs roster. Id do it in a second.

        • Funn Dave

          I was waiting for this conversation. There is a Japanese term for an emotion that essentially translates to “shameful joy” (or at least, according to the Simpsons there is). This is how I would feel if we landed Braun.

      • Funn Dave

        Pretty sure she was joking. No way would they give up Braun just for them.

        • ssckelley

          I am a guy, the picture was added to make Blub fork over an extra 10 bucks for breast cancer awareness. The words on her shirt say something about not being flat “busted”, probably a little inappropriate. :D

          My comment was kinda jokey, but the Brewers did sign him to a ton of money thinking he was going to be the face of the franchise for a long time. That face is not looking so good anymore.

          But it would be fun to see Braun eat crap and be forced to put on a Cubs uniform.

          • Funn Dave

            Haha whups. Yeah their decision to got with Braun over Fielder looks worse every day, at least from a PR perspective.

    • Diamond Don

      I wouldn’t trade a six back of cheap beer for Braun. Don’t want him on my team!

  • TSB

    I can forgive a guy for taking PEDs; I can forgive a guy for denying it , the urge for self preservation is strong, But to intentionally throw someone else to the wolves to protect your own guilty hide shouldn’t be forgiven,

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      “shouldn’t be forgiven” comes in a little strong for my taste, but this is largely where I stand as well.

      When a multi-millionaire knowingly and deliberately sets out to destroy the career of a fairly average worker for better reason than to save his own reputation, I have a problem look at that multi-millionaire in anything resembling a good light.

      I’ll be glad when he retires into, hopefully, complete and utter obscurity.

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