Ryan Braun released a statement today apologizing for using a banned substance.
The Brewers ball player admitted that he took banned substances, “a cream and a lozenge,” in 2011 to recover from an injury. Braun said that it was a “huge mistake” and that he was sorry for damaging the game of baseball.
Braun was suspended 50 games after he tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011 but the suspension was overturned after an arbitrator ruled that the sample had been mishandled. The MLB continued to investigate and last month Braun accepted a 65 game suspension. Twelve other players were given 50 game suspensions and Alex Rodriguez is currently fighting a 211 game suspension.
Ryan Braun apologized to his team, his fans, and to his friends and family for putting them through this ordeal. The MLB player said that none of his supporters knew the truth and that he was the only one who hid information from the MLB.
Braun writes: “Now that the initial MLB investigation is over, I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended. I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards. I have disappointed the people closest to me — the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.”