The statement read, in full:
“Now that the preliminary investigation MLB is over, I want to apologize for my actions and give a more precise account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended.’ve Got no one to blame but myself. knew that in the past year-and-a-half I made some serious mistakes, both I failed to share information during the arbitration hearing and my comments I made to the press afterwards.
“I am satisfied with the people closest to me – those who fought for me because they really believed in me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and believed in myself that I had not done anything wrong.
“It is important to understand the people I share the details of what happened to anyone until recently. My family, my teammates, the Brewers organization, my friends, agents, and consultants have no knowledge of the truth, and no one should be blamed but me. Those who put their necks out for me was embarrassed by my behavior. I have no words to express how sorry I’m for it.
“Here’s what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I will refer to the product for a short time I should not have used. This product is a cream and a cough medicine that I was told could help accelerate my rehabilitation. That was a big mistake which I am deeply ashamed, and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistake immediately.
“I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the jury decision in February 2012. During that time, I still can not believe that I want to use banned substances. I think a combination of feel selfish 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. Beyond I was embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I was just beginning the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, that I continue to regret.’s no reason for any of them.
“For too long during this process, I believe in myself that I had not done anything wrong. After my interview with MLB in late June of this year, I came to the realization that it was time to come in grips with reality. Never have I been given evidence of baseball against me, but I do not need to be, because I know what I have done. I realized the importance of my poor decisions and finally focused on dealing with the truth – and the penalties for – my actions.
“I requested a second meeting with Baseball to recognize my drug policy violations and to participate in discussions about the appropriate punishment for my actions. By coming forward when I did and waiving my right to appeal any sanctions that were going to be heavy, I knew I was making the right decision and making the first step in the right direction. It was important to me to start my suspension immediately to minimize the inconvenience to all man I was so negatively affected – my teammates, the entire Brewers organization, the fans and all of MLB. had a lot of rumor and speculation about my situation, and I am aware that my admission may result in further attacks and accusations from others.
“I love the great game of baseball, and I’m very sorry for any damage done to the game. Private I expressed my apologies to Commissioner Selig and Rob Manfred of MLB and to Michael Weiner and his staff the Players’ Association.’m very grateful for the support I received from them. sincerely like to apologize to everyone involved in the process of arbitration, including the collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr. I feel terrible terrible that I put my teammates in a position where they asked some difficult and uncomfortable questions. One of my main goals is to make amends to them.
“I understand it’s a blessing and a huge honor to play this game in Major League level. Intensity I also understand the frustration from teammates, fans and other players. Comes in both my actions and my word, I made some very serious mistakes and I just ask forgiveness of everyone I let down. I never make the same errors again, and intend to share the lessons learned others so I do not repeat my mistake. Moving forward, I want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
“I Support Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the importance of cleaning up the game. What I did goes against everything I’ve always valued – by achieving the hard work and dedication, and loyalty both on and off the field. I also understand that I now have to work very, very hard to begin to earn back people’s trust and support. I am committed to making amends and achieving back the trust of my colleagues the team, the fans, the entire Brewers’ organization, my sponsors, consultants and from MLB. I have hope that I can earn back the trust from people I failed and those who want me given the opportunity. I am deeply sorry for my actions, and I apologize to all who were ill affected by them. ”
Braun, in his statement, did not meet the recent story from ESPN and Yahoo! Sports in which he said told the other players that he heard Laurenzi-root for the Cubs – a division rival Brewers – and was an anti-Semite.
Although Braun accepted full responsibility for his statements, he was facing a long road toward regaining credibility with the public, if he ever regains it all.
As he noted, many fans will never forget his lecture in February 2012 after he won his appeal of a positive test. Braun proclaimed his innocence on that day, questioned the testing methods baseball and attacked the credibility of Laurenzi.
“If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and say, ‘I did it,”’ Braun said afterwards.” By no way am I perfect, but if I ever do Any mistakes in my life I’ve taken responsibility for my actions. I truly believe in my heart, and I would bet my life, this element has never entered my body at any point. ”
Braun, as he said in his statement, realized that he was wrong – and the extent of his mistake – only when baseball interviewed him in June, asking him pointed, specific questions.
Shortly after, he requested a second meeting with baseball, admitted his guilt without even hearing all the evidence against him, said he was sorry and deserved to be suspended.
Here’s a fuller explanation of what happened, according to sources:
As mentioned Braun, he dealt with a left-calf strain in July 2011 at left also left the game because of hamstring tightness. At that time, a third party who reached out to him and said he could get him a product to help speed up his recovery. The third party products obtained from Biogenesis, Anti-Aging Clinic among baseball’s latest PED scandal. Braun did not get the product directly from the founder of the clinic, Tony Bosch. Bosch Braun unknown at the time.
Braun used the substance, a cream that he believed to be an anti-inflammatory. Later that season, he took lozenges provided by the same third party. That October, Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone. One of the components, or a combination of elements, likely produce positive results.
Did Braun evaluate the substances in Brewers’ athletic trainer or other medical professional, something all players are advised to do so during the test? No, he just trusted third party, Braun assured that he is not taking anything illegal.
So, Braun cheated consciously – and it would be hard for many to believe that a wise man can be so naive – he had no reason.
He is recognized as much in his statement, fully aware that he was facing a long road earlier.