Ryan Braun Admits He Used PEDs During 2011 MVP Season
Last month, ex-University of Miami slugger Ryan Braun was the first player to accept a suspension for his ties to Biogenesis, the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic exposed in a Miami New Times investigation as a source for performance enhancing drugs for pro athletes. But Braun didn't specify what he'd done to merit his 65 games in the timeout corner.
That changed last night, when the outfielder released a lengthy statement admitting he'd taken drugs in 2011, the same season he won the NL MVP.
Braun says he took a "cream and a lozenge" that he'd been told would help him heal from an injury.
"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," he says. "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."
Braun has been particularly slammed over his suspension because in 2011, he failed a test for testosterone but got off on a technicality after a tester improperly kept his urine sample for the weekend. Braun at the time gave a fiery news conference defending his innocence and harshly criticizing the tester.
He also apologized last night for that unseemly bit of showmanship.
"I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator's decision in February 2012," he says. "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."
According to Braun's statement, that cream and lozenge were his only bit of cheating. That narrative has already been called into question by one of Braun's former UM classmates, though.
Ralph Sasson, who says he met Braun while studying law at UM, charges in the suit that Braun started using PEDs in college. Sasson doesn't offer any proof to back those claims.
Click through for Braun's full apology, via ESPN: