Braun issues apology regarding PED use
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun issued a statement on Thursday regarding his suspension, and publicly apologized for his actions.
In statement, Braun apologizes, accepts responsibility and admits to using banned substances.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2013
Braun went into details about what occurred during his 2011 MVP season:
"Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn't have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation. It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately."
Braun also touched on his dishonesty throughout the process, which eventually led to his accepting a 65-game suspension.
"I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this. "For too long during this process, I convinced 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 to grips with the truth."
You can read Braun's full, detailed statement on MLB.com's Adam McCalvy's blog.
Braun" “I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 22, 2013