We all know Ryan Braun used PEDs after he accepted his punishment of a 65-game ban. After about a month, Braun decided to release a formal statement apologizing for his actions and more. Here's a portion of the statement:
“Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn't have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation. It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.
“I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator's decision in February 2012. At that time, I still didn't want to believe that I had used a banned substance. I think a combination of feeling self-righteous and having a lot of unjustified anger led me to react the way I did. I felt wronged and attacked, but looking back now, I was the one who was wrong. I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this."
Braun also apologized to Dino Laurenzi Jr., the collector whose mishandling of Braun's urine sample led an arbitrator to throw out his suspension for a failed drug test early last year.
Braun hopes to earn back the trust of many people from fellow players to fans, but that's going to be a tough one. After such a strong denial, it's going to be hard to earn back the trust of his peers. Braun might as well kiss the Hall of Fame goodbye.
You can read the rest of the statement here.