While watching the replay of Watford’s shot over and over again on Sports Center, breaking news on the crawler caught my attention. Ryan Braun had been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for PEDs. I had never really cared for Ryan Braun, mainly because he was good and he played for a division rival of my Cubbies. You could liken my feelings toward Braun to my feelings toward Tom Brady, and I wouldn’t mind if Tom Brady got hit by a bus. OK, a bus might be a little harsh…a little. However, I was appalled when two and a half months later, Braun won his appeal (the first player to ever do so) and his suspension was lifted. Braun then went on to publicly proclaim in innocence and talk about justice prevailing.
“I am very pleased and relieved by today's decision. It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.”
“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."
Well, now Braun has apologized for making “mistakes” and admitted to taking PEDs, which he also called a mistake. He used the word “mistake” a lot. To be honest it’s really too late for that. Too much damage has been done and in my opinion his name is now Mudd. He lied, he lied some more, he tried to ruin someone else’s life, and then he got caught and had to face the music. He trashed the game he said he loved. My question is: is he ashamed he got caught and was that his mistake, or is he truly ashamed that he trashed baseball? ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote a great piece about what all is left in the wake of this fiasco and I encourage you to check it out. Suffice to say, so much damage done and very little to do to repair it. If I were Braun, from here on out I would campaign hard, very hard, against the use of PEDs. I would try to work with MLB to better the collection/testing process. Finally, I would do all I could to make it up to the city of Milwaukee and Brewers fans everywhere because you betrayed their trust. It’s going to be a long road back and I’m not sure he’ll ever make it back but he can only blame himself. Taylor wrote a great post a few weeks ago about PEDs in baseball and I have really nothing more to add to it because I completely agree with him. More needs to be done. The system has to be better. Only then will we rid this sport we love of PEDs.
Alright, it’s lunchtime here in Denver, and I’m starving. Happy Friday and I hope you all have a spectacular weekend. Thanks, as always, for reading. You all rock!