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Ryan Braun is baseball’s biggest fraud

Jul 22, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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Ryan Braun played the victim when he initially tested positive for steroids after the 2011 season. In one regard, he was: that news never should have leaked out before the appeals process played out. In every other regard, he was obviously guilty as charged.

Just look at some of Braun’s quotes after he was “vindicated”  last February or, as is now even more painfully obvious, let off on a technicality because of chain of command issues with his urine sample:

  • “If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally I’d have been the first one to admit it. I truly believe this substance never entered my body.”
  • It hasn’t been easy. Lots of times I wanted to come out and tell the entire story, attack everybody like I’ve been attacked. My name was dragged through the mud. But at the end of the day I recognized what was best for the game of baseball.”
  • “Today is for anyone who has been wrongly accused and everyone who stood up for what’s right. It’s about future players and the game of baseball.”
  • “I will continue to take the high road. We won because the truth was on my side. I was a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed as it was applied to me in this case. Today’s about making sure this never happens to anyone else who plays this game.”
  • “We spoke to biochemists and scientists, and asked them how difficult it would be for someone to taint the sample. They said, if they were motivated, it would be extremely easy.”
  • “Ultimately, as I sit here today, the system worked because I was innocent and I was able to prove my innocence.”

That next to last one is especially disgusting, since Braun was all but accusing that man who collected his sample of intentionally tampering with it. At the end of his press conference, Braun said he was considering his legal options. You will notice, however, that no lawsuit followed.

Now we know for sure that Braun was guilty all along, though that seemed like a given after the Biogenesis news came out. The 2011 NL MVP accepted a rest-of-season suspension Monday that amounts to 65 games off. The Brewers will have to bring him back next year and hope for the best; they owe him a whopping $127 million through 2020. If it turns out that he’s not the player he was before he was caught cheating, it’d be a huge blow to the small-market franchise.

Guys like Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte have largely been let off the hook for their PED usage, but the guess here is that Braun’s transgressions will stay with him for the rest of his career, partly because of those quotes right there. The apologies will come, but their sincerity should be questioned.

  1. mtr75 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I wonder how many A-Rod hating Yankee fans have jerseys with the number 46 on them. Go Andy!

    • loubearkane - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Aaron Rodgers is tweeting Braun is innocent and would bet his salary on it. Someone with cash needs to call Rodgers OUT.

      • gopackgo5212 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        You really think that Rodgers is at fault? He should be pissed. Braun lied to him and all Rodgers did was be a great friend for Braun.

      • lawrinson20 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        re: Rodgers
        It’s just always stupid for someone to swear knowledge of something they couldn’t possibly know about. “Loyalty”/ friendship are one thing. An ego-driven or naive sense of omniscience is quite another. It’s pure arrogance to suggest a ‘guarantee’ that Braun was innocent.

    • lordd99 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      There is little incentive for players to actually admit usage. They get branded cheaters either way. Admit right up front? Cheater. Deny? Cheater.

      Someone like Pettitte is a rarity in the process. He’s a star, but not a superstar, so there is less intense focus than there are on HOF-bound players, or those like Bonds, Sosa or Clemens challenging all-time records. Second, he came out and didn’t try to deny it. His story also added up. And last, he might have been forgiven by many because he was someone who could take down someone people didn’t like (Clemens), so their hate was transferred elsewhere. Most PEDsters do not fall into these categories. Face it, no one really cares that Brian Roberts admitted to using PEDs because, while a good player when healthy (when was that last?), he’s not a superstar. So it’s not PED usage that people really care about, it’s the level of the star using it.

      There are exceptions. Probably the biggest is David Ortiz. He’s a big star, plays in a big market, and has denied usage. He has all the qualifications for a witch hunt, yet he’s gotten off in the public’s perception. He truly is the outlier, more than even Pettitte.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        Second, he came out and didn’t try to deny it. His story also added up.

        Sort of. He lied, got caught. Told the truth, which was actually a lie. Got caught again. And finally told the truth.

      • mtr75 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        If you don’t think Andy Pettitte is a HOF-bound star in a the biggest media market in the world, I don’t know why we’re even having this conversation. 250+ wins, 100 games over .500, 19 postseason wins, 4 World Series rings. Andy Pettitte is a humongous star, and he’s been given a complete free ride. Yankees fans destroy A-Rod and revere Andy.

  2. roverboy1949 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    So he gets to take the rest of this “lost” year off and come back next year with a clean slate. He should have been suspended for a full year. Let(make) him finish this year and force him to sit out next year. Sorry for the Brewers fans, but this penalty doesn’t mean a thing.

    • gopackgo5212 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      He got suspended. What more do you want? You want him to be suspended, choose when he gets suspended, and how long? Sorry, but thats not how it works.

      • roverboy1949 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        I would like the suspension to actually mean something. To lose 65 games and $3million is nothing to someone that wasn’t having a good year(physically), and who will make $120 million for the life of his new deal. What did any young player learn from this? It’s worth the risk to get the cash!

  3. connormyboy - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    When are the rest going to be announced

  4. gosport474 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Ryan Fraud

  5. whooty - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    In one regard, he was: that news never should have leaked out before the appeals process played out.

    when will you realize it was the braun squad who did the leaking?

    • gopackgo5212 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Maybe, maybe not. Might have been from the MLB, might have been from another players camp. We unfortunately will never know.

  6. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I was asked to tweak the headline a bit. Sorry for those disappointed :)

    And, yeah, points awarded to those rankings Lueke and K-Rod ahead of Braun in the dipwad category.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      I am totally disappointed. Fraud is less funny. 😦 Are you going w/ R-Fraud now though?

      Who really gets offended by “dipwad”? Y’all might need to loosen your hats when the GFY’s start flying then, folks.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      It still says dipwad in the article address, so there’s that.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Wow. Even the writers here are unreasonably angry.

    Is this good for baseball? I guess not. It is the worst thing ever? In a sport with a long, long history of cheaters? Nope.

    Never mind that owners like Loria do more damage to the game and to the economy. The BILLIONS that owners siphon off from taxpayers are a lot more offensive to me.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      And I see the headline changed while I was typing. Good.

      Even if I still don’t agree.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM


        I loved the Cards post reference.

  8. blingslade - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Oooh, oooohhh, they suspended him for 70 games. ooooohhhhhhh!!!!!!!

    What a joke.

  9. dirtdawg55 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Lyin’ Braun. That’s how he will forever be remembered in this household.

  10. laserrocketarm31 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Wow, I thought the title of this article would be tongue and cheek. If you believe in this title you are just another confederate who does not believe in a very basic principle of America called due process. Hillbilly haven he on HBT tonight. One of the smartest web sites on the Internet turned into Alabamastan.

    • kyzslew77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      I agree, we’ve got PFT level intelligence on display from most of the commenters in here. WELL HE DUN CHEATED SO NUTTIN ELSE MATTERS

  11. banpeds - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    As I said All along. Dozens more coming too.

  12. spoiledbratswhosuck - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Baseball has been hijacked……………….by MLB who turned a blind eye to PEDs / STEROIDS all in the name of HOME RUNS and more SCORING.

    These bastards have bastardized the game of baseball.

    My theory is MLB allowed for this to happen to make the game more interesting so it would make fans more interested while allowing for more commercials meaning more revenue. 3+ hour games make the game suck.

    Now they are trying to clean it up? Too late.

    Baseball will never be the same.

  13. thomas655 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Braun does owe the fans and MLB at least one thing: THE RETURN OF THE MVP TROPHY!!!!

  14. florida727 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Couple thoughts…

    1) The suspension is a joke; he should be banned for life, it’s not like this hasn’t been tried before and the players had been warned before; 65 games is the proverbial slap-on-the-wrist; the Brewers weren’t going to the playoffs anyway, so the post-season part of the suspension is the real joke;

    2) The commissioner, because of his past association with the Brewers organization, should NOT be involved in this situation; he’s biased, plain and simple;

    3) Why can’t the Brewers get out of this contract? There has to be a morality clause in his contract, there is in EVERY professional athletes contract; they should void the rest of the agreement and definitely fight owing him the remaining $100+ million; so he gives up 65 games worth of pay, big freaking deal, to assure himself of $100+ million?, no brainer

    Bottom line: he gets off ridiculously easy on this. He’s essentially on an extended vacation. He forfeits a little money (relative to his overall contract) and next season starts as if nothing has happened. Meanwhile, Brewers fans get screwed, because their team is on the hook for paying this idiot a ton of money he didn’t legitimately earn.

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