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Report: Ryan Braun is ready to come clean

Aug 16, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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Friends of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity. They said that Braun will soon come clean about everything and apologize to those who got hurt along the way.

From Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY:

Braun, according to his friends, is ready to soon admit that he used performance-enhancing drugs in parts of the 2011 season, the reasons why he did it, and publicly apologize for the lies and deception.

His friends, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because Braun has yet to make the announcement, said he plans to apologize to everyone from Commissioner Bud Selig to urine collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. to his teammates and peers.

And for the first time, he will admit guilt.

The people close to Braun said he is eager to be the anti-Alex Rodriguez and is desperately trying to distance himself from the New York Yankees third baseman.

We learned earlier tonight that a former friend of Braun’s has filed a defamation lawsuit, ostensibly the latest bridge Braun has burned. It will be interesting to see if his new strategy will pay off, if it will help him regain the trust he lost over the last three years.

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  1. grumpyredskin23 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Yes and their names are Trout, Machado, Davis, Freeman, Posey, Harper, Jones, etc. These losers who need a chemical advantage need to go away. They suck!!

    • cubb1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      You have no idea what you are talking about. MLB drug tests are now more stringent than any other American sport. You should go away.

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        @cubb1:

        ” MLB drug tests are now more stringent than any other American sport.”

        While that statement is true, it’s pretty obvious that the players still have the better chemists than the Testers. Undetectable PED’s, it seems to me, are still available because none of the Biogenesis suspensions were from a failed test. Non-Analytical evidence….notes, phone and text records, eyewitness testimony…is how they were caught, and you can be SURE there are other labs with great chemists testing designer PEDs against the known testing procedures used by the Anti-doping testing agencies. With Hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, these little slap-on-the-wrist suspensions are merely an unpaid vacation of sorts for guys who could care less about their legacy. All they want is that multi-year, multi-million dollar guaranteed payday. You can still buy steroids over the counter in MANY countries and youngsters in many baseball hotbeds like the Dominican, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc. watch these steroid users sign gigantic contracts and then get a slap on the wrist….hard to resist temptation when your family is dirt poor. Until MLB starts banning players for life, this bs will go on and on forever. Best chemist will win. Maybe they should start offering $1 million dollars to whistle-blowers who turn in teammates, like the old Crimestoppers reward system. All I know is we have a great sport being skinned alive by the current wave of dopers, and until they put some teeth into the penalties for using PEDs there is no end in sight.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Yeah, and A-Rod never failed a test.

      • cubb1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        @coloradogolfcoupons-

        When is the NFL going to test its players to the high level that MLB players are tested? You talk about banning MLB players for life, but what about the measly 4 game suspensions that football players get? Nobody complains about the juicing problem in the NFL, and it is now much more rampant than MLB. Goodell and the NFLPA are avoiding more stringent testing because the NFL doesn’t want the same PR nightmare that MLB is going through.

    • nudeman - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      This is a wild ass post that is hard to take seriously.

      I don’t doubt for a second there are undiscovered Biogenesis type labs out there, and plenty of players still doping who haven’t been caught yet. But the names you mention … not so sure about that.

      However, if you had said Miguel Cabrera ….

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        coloradogolfcoupons has it 100% right. No chances. Use drugs, buy drugs, recommend drugs = permanent lifetime ban. What was good for the black sox is good for today’s MLB players.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Are the friends of Ryan Braun that are being quoted in the article other druggies?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      And no Redskin would ever use PEDs to try to gain a “chemical advantage” in football, right? Oh, wait…

  2. onbucky96 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    I blame TJ Quinn. Yeah Ryan did it, but I’m still blaming TJ.

  3. dannymac17 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    f it will help him regain the trust he lost

    no

  4. dolphininbrewcity - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    They should just open up the game to the use of steroids, period. Everyone on the same playing field so to speak. Rename the league so that records remain for those who didn’t cheat the system and actually played because they loved the game not the money. I would like to think that someone looking at the record books in 100 years would appreciate the fact that Hank Aaron earned his homeruns the old fashioned way and Barry Bonds (or the next record breaker) may have gotten them with a little help.

    • dolphininbrewcity - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      and yes, I know that steroids are illegal. But it won’t stop anyone from using.

    • rbj1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      via use of “greenies?” Or Babe Ruth who never had to face Satchel Paige in a meaningful game?

      And let’s hold baseball to a standard that we don’t hold to any other sport. Or any other activity in life.

      • ramrene - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        “Greenies” never helped a player hit a ball an extra 30-feet. “Greenies” never helped a player recover faster from injury. “Greenies” never allowed a player to play well beyond the normal decline curve where players retire.

        “Greenies” gave players a little extra energy so they could take the field. Yesterday’s “Greenies” are no more than today’s Mountain Dew or 5-Hr Energy drink.

        Big difference, and obviously too much for your simple mind to wrap it’s noodle around.

        So go away, little boy, just go away and play with your dolls.

      • saints97 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        “Yesterday’s greenies” were amphetamines. If you think that amphetamines are morally or chemically the equivalent of Mountain Dew or 5 Hour Energy, then you’re far less intelligent than anyone here you are trying to condescend.

  5. cubb1 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    It’s a little late for Braun to come clean now.

    • dakotaandotter - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I don’t like the guy but it’s never too late to come clean if he really comes clean. If he says he juiced only portions of one year he won’t win anyone to his side. I think it’s too hard to believe.

  6. philyeagles5 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Funny seeing all the negative comments like the guy killed somebody. He took steroids for gods sake. Get over it.

    • jollyjoker2 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Agreed – the only problem is baseball can’t put them in the hall of fame as equals. They could have a second category – on drugs / no drugs. Don’t be silly if you think drugs don’t help. Some of the guys like Canseco turned a skinny runt body frame into a monster of the midway.

    • apmn - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      The negative comments are more about the way he lied about his failed test.

  7. chris6523 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I think it’s ridiculous to suggest just simply opening the game up to PEDs. I would guess that even at the height of the steroid era, there was at least half the players that were unwilling to take PEDs because they didn’t want to suffer the potential health side effects. I would hope there will always be a place in the game for players who would rather not poison their bodies just for the sake of putting up bigger numbers.

    • jollyjoker2 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Baloney. As many will take drugs as possible. There is a ton of money- millions- to be made using a needle . You think A-rod could even hit the ball out of the park or catch up to a pitch without drugs? He made his money – good for him. That’s why he said he “was at peace”…He knows he finally got caught but hey – they cant get his 200 million he already made and another 60 million in the pipeline. Not bad for a cheater.

  8. vstar1us - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Can they just put Ryan Braun on a space ship and blast him the hell out of here!

    I am a die hard Brew Crew Fan, I rather see 20 more losing seasons than see Braun back on the team. He has single handily killed Brewers Baseball………

    • jollyjoker2 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Stick to the packers – you have better tail gating tradition..

  9. jollyjoker2 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    If you can’t hit the ball out of the infield and now can put it in the third row upper deck on a check swing – like McGuire ….before – AAA at best – after 20 million per year….I think I would take the drugs and a lot of them.

  10. klownboy - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I guess Bud Selig went light on Braun for a reason. I still think Selig didn’t come down hard enough.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-Gq

  11. tyniewow - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    How big of him, “coming clean” after he has been caught multiple times and after he not only lied to everyone after the first time he was caught but tried to smear the person who collected the dirty sample. Braun is just another lying, cheating scumbag trying to redeem his irredeemable reputation.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      @ tyniewow: Exactly. He should have followed Andy Pettite’s strategy, “I used HGH to overcome injury”, and should have admitted to steroid use for a while to overcome something physically wrong….. Fans forgave Pettite, but Braun will never be forgiven, for the reasons you stated, just like Arod will never be forgiven for blatantly lying about everything, to everybody. Both these guys are now hated forever, with good reason. Fess up and ask forgiveness is the only way, but you have to do it immediately, not after lying your ass off and ruin people’s lives…not only the sample collector, but the arbitrator was also fired by MLB.

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