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Who cares what Ryan Braun said yesterday?

Jul 23, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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I touched on this some last night when I talked about how Ryan Braun doesn’t answer to anyone apart from his teammates, those he personally lied to and people he directly harmed as a result of his lying. Those are folks to whom he owes apologies, not anyone else. Certainly not the general public.

But I am fascinated this morning how hung up people are on the words he used in his public statement yesterday.  The height of this comes in Buster Olney’s column today in which he parses, line-by-line, Braun’s public statement to show us just how disingenuous and insufficient it is.

Why do we care?

We know for a fact that Ryan Braun lied last year. We know for a fact that he has cheated. We know, pretty clearly, that Braun is not a good person in a lot of ways and that we couldn’t trust him as far as we can throw him.  Now ask yourself: if you knew a person like that in your life, would you listen to him at all? Would you care about a thing he says? Or would you ignore it as the words of someone you already know everything you need to know about. Of course Ryan Braun is being self-serving. He’s been nothing but self-serving. This is a surprise now? This is where we should be outraged? People have spent the past year saying that the words which come out of Ryan Braun’s mouth are worthless. Why, now, do we expect anything else?

Players owe us nothing. We have come to think they do due to some romantic and childlike notion about what professional sports are all about, but they really and truly owe us nothing. They owe things to their teams and teammates and the people in their lives, but common fans who don’t know them from Adam really aren’t owed a thing.  At the same time, we do not owe them loyalty or our credulousness. We are free to call Ryan Braun a lowlife if he acts that way, but if we are feel betrayed by them we have no one to blame but ourselves for putting trust in them that they neither earned nor deserved.

Ryan Braun could have sung all four verses of the “Star Spangled Banner” yesterday, followed by an announcement of his allegiance to Lucifer. I wouldn’t care. People are what they do, not what they say. Especially people who have said garbage in the past. Why do we care about his words?

  1. bh192012 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    “This is where we should be outraged? ”

    Well yeah, this is the moment where we officially confirmed he’s a cheater, and in the same moment his what sounded like an apology to himeself for getting caught makes him a multiple douchbag. Why not be outragged? Most people expect even bad people to be capable of feeling remorse. Or at least fake it. He didn’t even have the common courtesy to properly fake remorse. It’s rude.

  2. dlhouse18 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Braun should be apologizing to Brewers fans because of how he has brought disgrace and a huge financial burden to their team. I would be surprised if the Brewers manage to compete in the next decade. Not because he “fooled them”. It was pretty clear he used PEDs with the evidence that was brought in his legal battles a few years ago. It angered me that Braun got no penalty then (MLB couldn’t do a thing) and it angers me that they are only giving him a 65 game suspension now. You’d think the powerful MLB would take every opportunity to get vengeance on Braun for avoiding them prior, but they did not. Then again, Selig loves his Brewers and carries an immense bias. Furthermore, this doesn’t send a big enough message to players who will consider HGH use in the future because the benefits still outweigh the drawbacks. Give them the Pete Rose treatment.

    • eightyraw - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Financial burden? What makes you think that Braun won’t be worth every penny of his contract? He is also suspended without pay right now.

  3. mgv38 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    “We are free to call Ryan Braun a lowlife if he acts that way, but if we are feel betrayed by them we have no one to blame but ourselves for putting trust in them that they neither earned nor deserved.”

    Amen, brother.

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