On a brisk November morning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Miller Park, and Helfaer Field as a back drop , the Brewers prodigal son Ryan Braun had come back to help collect food donations during a food drive the Brewers were putting on.
It just so happens it was the same morning news came down that Packers Offensive Guard Josh Sitton called the Detroit Lions defense and head coach dirt bags along with other colorful adjectives. Tomorrow, the Packers take on the Lions on Thanksgiving, Friday is “black Friday,” and the malls will be filled, Saturday is college football, and rivalry weekend, Sunday more NFL football, then Monday and the start of another work week….what a PERFECT time for Ryan Braun to address the media about PEDS and his suspension…in politics it’s called a “document dump.”
A “document dump” is something that politician use push something through the media late on a Friday when it will get the least amount of publicity and will be soon forgotten because of everything else going on. It is often seen as part of the characteristic behavior of an entity that is engaging in an ongoing pattern of activities intended to cover up unethical or criminal conduct…Enter the future Mayor, Senator, Congressman, or President…#8 Ryan Braun.
Here are some of the questions posed to Ryan Wednesday morning, you be the judge. I will put what he should’ve said in red if he was truly sincere, and truly wanted to put all of this behind himself.
Why did you lie?
“Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific, I got into a lot of details at that point. I’m not really going to go into any further details. I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying.”
BECAUSE I WAS EMBARRASSED, AND THOUGHT I COULD GET AWAY WITH IT.
What was worse in your opinion, using PEDs or lying about it after the fact?
“As I’ve stated, the goal for me is just being able to move forward. I’m not going to get into too many specifics about what happened other than saying I’m extremely remorseful. I wish that I could go back and change things but I don’t have that opportunity to do that, so I’m just going to do everything in my power to move forward.”
BOTH ARE BAD…PEDS ARE ILLEGAL…AND LYING IS WRONG
Knowing you got away with a positive test, why did you have that news conference in Maryvale where you lied and essentially threw 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.”
ONCE AGAIN… I USED BAD JUDGEMENT, AND SAID WHAT I DID SO AS NOT TO BE FOUND GUILTY FOR WHAT I DID.
Why have you waited so long to come forward and talk?
“I’ve actually been in town a few times. I don’t do the Twitter or Facebook or any of that stuff to alert anybody that I’m here. I think today was just kind of an opportunity that we understood there would be some media here, so I wanted the opportunity to speak to you guys. It wasn’t about waiting or anything like that. Like I said, I’ve been here a few times. I think this is the first time that everybody’s been aware that I’m here.”
BECAUSE I WAS EMBARRASSED, AND WAS ADVISED TO DO SO.
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.”
SURE I DO, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW…SO THAT THIS CAN TRULY BE PUT BEHIND ME, AND I CAN CONCENTRATE ON GETTING THE BREWERS INTO THE WORLD SERIES IN 2014
What about the 2011 NL MVP award? Does this revelation invalidate that award?
“Like I said, I’m continuing to move forward. I think that’s all I can do. I’m not going to go back and discuss the things that have happened in the past. In an effort to do that, I’m not going to discuss that.”
I DON’T KNOW.
The Brewers gave you that huge contract extension in 2011. Will you now take a pay cut?
“The Brewers have been incredibly supportive, the entire organization. My teammates, everyone has been incredibly supportive. I can’t thank Mark Attanasio enough for his support. I fully intend to do everything in my power to be the best player and person that I can be moving forward.”
I’M NOT SURE, I CAN ADDRESS IT WITH MANAGEMENT AND GO FROM THERE.
What do you regret the most?
“Obviously the whole thing is a huge regret. It was a huge mistake. I wish that I hadn’t done it. I wish I could go back and do a lot of things different. I don’t think I could specifically pinpoint one thing that I regret more than anything else, I regret all of it. I wish I could go back and change it but I can’t do that.”
LYING TO MY FAMILY, FREINDS, TEAMMATES, MLB, AND THE LOYAL FANS OF MILWAUKEE
What do you have to say to the fans?
“I’ve always been incredibly appreciative of everybody’s support. I’d say I made a mistake and that all I can intend to do is find some positives to come from a difficult situation.”
I’M SORRY, I TOOK THE PEDS, AND SORRY FOR LYING.
Ryan also answered questions about the Hall of Fame, future All Star Games, playing right field, his fiancee, and a few other things. The questions above are the main sticking points for me, and fans of not only the Brewers, but baseball.
Ryan, I know it’s hard to admit when a person has done something wrong, or embarrassed when caught in a lie, but the truth will set you free…because no matter how many times you say you want to move forward you wont be able to until your conscious is clean.