After repeatedly denying taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2011, following a failed test, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun is finally coming clean. In a statement, Braun apologizes for using the substances and not being truthful about it.
The apology comes a month after Braun was suspended from Major League Baseball for 65 games for violating the league’s drug policy. Braun admits to using two different products in 2011 to treat a “nagging injury” and says that he had convinced himself he was right. He even apologized for comments he made after his failed drug test was successfully appealed, saying, “At that time, I still didn’t want to believe that I had used a banned substance.”
It was an interview with MLB in late June that he says made him come to terms with what he’d done wrong, after being shown the evidence the league had.
Braun closes the statement voicing his support of the league’s drug policy and saying that he plans to earn back the trust of his teammates and fans. It’ll have to wait a bit though, as his suspension lasts the rest of the 2013 season.