Braun: Dirty cheat, done dirt cheapPublished 9:27am Tuesday, July 23, 2013
And the hammer finally drops.
Monday, Major League Baseball handed out the first, of what is expected to be several, suspensions for the use of performance enhancing drugs related to the Florida Clinic Biogenesis.
The recipient of said suspension — 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun.
Many sports fans remember Braun, not only for being the star player of the Milwaukee Brewers, but also being the first player to win an appeal for PEDs last season due to improper handedly of his sample. Braun vehemently denied using performance enhancers and, in a post appeal interview, stated “we won, because the truth is on my side.”
When asked this question by friends and sports enthusiasts alike, I have always believed Braun was guilty. A technicality allowed the left fielder to avoid suspension the first time around, but MLB finally found evidence that will stick.
Braun knew that he was in trouble as he did not appeal the sentence, 65 games suspension and a forfeiture of the rest of the season’s salary, and even requested a second meeting with baseball officials about the Biogenesis case to “aid” investigators.
This baseball steroid story isn’t much different then the one’s that have preceded it — Fans hearts broken, baseball player still gets millions of dollars, talks of redemption for the player, and after two years analysts will avoid talking about it.
But this story does have a few wrinkles that I cannot ignore. First and foremost, I feel terrible for Dino Laurenzi Jr., the sample holder. Braun drug Laurenzi’s name through the dirt to cover his tracks and insinuated Laurenzi may have tampered with the specimen. Braun issued an apology to the court of public opinion, but Laurenzi is the one that deserves it the most.
Secondly, Braun owes an apology to BFF and Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Make no mistake, I’m not a Rodgers fan, but the former Cal Bear now looks like someone that claimed professional wrestling was real, only to see the script for that night’s match.
Rodgers backed his friend going to twitter saying “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated.” Rodgers was also so positive that his friend was telling the truth that he offered up this year’s salary if he was found guilty. The two even own a restaurant together, making many now wonder if the beef is grass-fed or injected with chemicals.
Well, I guess it’s egg on his face.
Braun needs a more heart felt apology than the one delivered Monday. And privately apologize to those he effected the most in lying.