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Ryan Braun to make first public appearance since his suspension

Nov 27, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

Ryan Braun is at Miller Park today, working on a food drive:


He’s supposed to make his first comments to the media since his PED suspension. I can’t imagine anything he’ll say will change folks’ opinions about him.  Everything that matters with respect to Braun will take place on the field, where his heroics will win some folks who were partial to him anyway back. Those who are upset or disgusted at him will stay that way.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I love the guy but this act of charity will turn into “The Ryan Braun Show”. Bad PR to have this be his first public appearance. This shouldn’t be all about him. Ah well.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I think that’s a little harsh. Should flawed people not be allowed to do nice things? Anyway, his presence there will attract far more attention to the food drive than it would otherwise receive. Even if it is not all good publicity, it is likely a win for the charity.

      • sabatimus - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I’m pretty sure Braun would gladly take a tongue-lashing in exchange for food for the needy. If people show up and chastise him yet give him food, so be it.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        I believe we’re all flawed. And we all do some charity. And those who take a dump on being doing charity because of some morality clause programmed in their brain are misguided.

    • sabatimus - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      It’s bad PR to have your first public appearance be a FOOD DRIVE?

    • tonyc920 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      When are you up for SAINTHOOD ??? We’ve all made errors in judgment along the way. Braun made a BIG one, however he will pay the price forever. Yes he made millions and will make millions more. Money is important to exist but it’s not everything in life. He has to live with it. He will be booed everywhere he plays including Milwaukee. I don’t think “The Ryan Braun Show” happens if he’s smart, and I believe he keeps his mouth shut about it for the most part. What will be interesting is how he handles the media when the season begins in 2014.
      I think we see him take on a workman like attitude and continue with his charitable ways to attempt rebuilding his image the best he can.
      Attanascio has a lot to say about Ryans next chapter in life. That’s his boss.

    • mick2014 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Braun looks a lot shorter in person as evidenced by the picture above. Maybe he is lying on his profile which lists him at 6-1. He looks more like 5-6.

  2. chill1184 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    For his sake I hope it doesn’t turn into a ridiculous media circus

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    You bring the tar I’ll bring the feathers!

    I didn’t really care about him or the drugs or the suspension to begin with, so I don’t really care much now. But it’s good he’s doing good works, even if it’s an pathetically obvious attempt to win back public favor.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Braun has done charity work throughout his career, so I see no reason to second-guess his motives now.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        True. But you can do charity work without television cameras at a team sponsored event. Maybe his motives are pure, who really knows. Just seems like the sort of thing a PR agent would “suggest”. But as I said previously, motive doesn’t really matter so much. As long as people in need are the ones reaping the benefits in the end.

      • paperlions - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        It isn’t like Braun (or players in similar situations) have a choice about whether or not TV cameras will be somewhere to cover an event. If you are Ryan Braun in WI, cameras and microphones are going to show up whether you want them to or not.

        As pointed out before, the reason to associate celebrity with charity is for awareness and PR for the charity, it doesn’t do the charity any good for Braun to show up in disguise.

  4. ptfu - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Brewers fans have to take him back. Braun’s gonna be in the Brewers lineup for a long long time and everyone has to live with that. What’s the alternative, being pissed off/alienated for the next 7 years?

    Braun doesn’t want a long term hostile environment either. Helping at a food drive is as good a restart as any.

  5. Old Gator - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Food drives are risky business. I once saw an egg hit a concrete abutment out here on US 1 at about 60 mph. Ugly.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      +1 for having the boldness to post a comment this bad.

  6. richyballgame - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Only thing Braun should say is, “At least I’m not A-Rod.”

  7. kcroyal - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    It’s probably going to be pretty awkward for him for a while. Just try to lay off the cheating and lying and things will be just fine.

  8. sincitybonobo - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Braun showing up equals more donations. He’ll likely be packing extra Sharpies for the Cactus League, also. He’ll hear it on the road, but this is the smartest move he’s made since 2011.

  9. padraighansen - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Nothing about what Braun did was right or excusable. Nothing. But what is interesting is that he’s far from the only one, and some organizations who’ve been throwing stones…turns out they live in glass houses. Writing from Cardinal country – not indicting most of the Cardinals great, passionate fans – Braun was crucified by Brian McCann’s MLB Sheriff predecessor, Hal Hrabosky, and his partner, 2X DUI Dan Mclaughlin – continuously on the air. It will be interesting to listen to those two now defend Jhonny Peralta night in and night out.

    But back to Braun. He’s got a long, long road back to salvation, something he’ll never achieve in the eyes of most MLB fans, Brewer fans, or really, anyone familiar with the situation. But, he has to do everything he can possibly do to try…and only he can control that.

    • paperlions - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Ugh, Hrabosky and McLaughlin are the worst. Just horrible horrible announcers. It sucks to always have to listen to the feed from the opposing team just so you are not annoyed and disgusted by the ignorance of your team’s announcers.

      • yahmule - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        I still remember how much play Hrabosky got for that Mad Hungarian schtick. He was one of the grandfathers of the mostly contrived wacky closer movement that still plagues us to this day.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    To anyone who thinks there is nothing he can do to change minds, you are totally wrong. I am not sayign he has to change minds, I am not sayign he should change people minds. And of course, some peopel will always feel the same way. I am saying decades of Public Relations prove that this too can be overcome, if he wants to.

    If I were him – I would take up a cause totally unrelated to baseball and PED’s. Get people talking about you psotively in some other fashion. I would also come clean on everything, warts and all, and let the chips fall were they may. Don’t give your detractors any room what so ever to ask further questions

  11. fearthehoody - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Has Ol Goat Eyes ever held hands with goat?

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