Never in my life did I feel like the Aaron Hernandez fiasco would be overshadowed this soon after its occurrence, but the stupidity of Ryan Braun has done just that. As one of my fellow Tribesmen, I would have loved to look past Braun’s lies and deception, but I just can’t. Ryan Braun did not only lie about his PED use, (who in Baseball hasn’t), but he insulted the intelligence of Major League Baseball and all of the baseball fans in the world.
Yesterday, Braun admitted to his use of PEDs after MLB’s Biogenesis Documents proved he was guilty, and here is what he had to say:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
Now, this seems like a pretty sincere apology and I would probably take him seriously if he hadn’t already proven that he is the most untrustworthy asshole in Baseball. Sure, we have had other moronic liars when it comes to PED use like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and most of all Roger Clemens, but the bar was just raised by the 2011 NL MVP*. (Yea that’s right, I am giving it an asterisks now)
If you don’t know where my anger towards Braun is coming from then you probably don’t remember the investigations that have happened over the past couple of years. Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He avoided suspension for his positive results because of “an error in the collection process” of his urine sample. Sounds like someone had a good lawyer (enter Jewish joke here). Instead of just taking the win of his appeal gracefully, Braun decided to further stick his own foot in his mouth. He verbally attacked the testing process, labeled himself a victim, and proclaimed his innocence. Here is a list of his lies he told in his February 24th, 2012 news conference:
“I tried to handle the whole situation with honor, with integrity, with class, with dignity and with professionalism because that’s who I am and how I lived my life.
“I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.
“I have always stood up for what is right. Today is about everybody who has ever been wrongly accused and everybody who has ever had to stand up for what is actually right.
“I will continue to take the high road because that’s who I am and that’s the way that I’ve lived my life. We won because the truth was on my side. The truth is always relevant and, at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.
“I am a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed in a way that it applied to me in this case.
“The system in the way that it was applied to me in this case was fatally flawed.”
I bet you don’t accept his apology now, do you? After admitting his wrong doings yesterday, Braun received a season ending suspension for the PED use as well as his lies from the past year. What type of message is this sending to the younger generations. This man got caught doing something illegal then got acquitted of said actions because of a loophole in a flawed system and then verbally attacked the system that was in all actuality correct. Now he only gets suspended for 65 games? That’s ludicrous.
I put the lies of Braun right along the same level of those from Lance Armstrong. At least Lance made millions upon millions for cancer research whist lying and cheating. What the hell has Braun done? This act of deceit needs to be handled a lot better and with a much grander penalty.
There is nothing we can do now except sit back and enjoy watching the next 11 people get suspended for their part in the Biogenesis Documents. Bye, Bye A-Rod!