After assuring his fans and everyone around baseball that he was clean, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games on July 22 after he admitted to using PEDs.
Braun hasn’t said much since then as his admission started a chain reaction that Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera have been suspended for the rest of the season.
However, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Braun sought the support of other major leaguers while he was being accused:
Braun sought backing from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whom he had beaten out for the National League MVP months earlier, along withCincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, among others, sources said. He reached out to peers in hopes they would publicly stick up for him following an expected suspension.
For Dodger fans, knowing that Braun juiced during the 2011 season when Matt Kemp should’ve won the NL MVP award to begin with, left a sour taste in their mouths.
Braun asked for Kemp’s support after he alleged that the urine collector was anti-semitic and a Cubs fan, in an effort to show intent to mess with his sample.
Kemp stuck his neck out for Braun, defending him on several occasions, but went so far as to say he should be stripped of the award. In 2011, Kemp hit .324 with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs while Braun hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs.
While MVPs aren’t won based on just those three statistical categories, many expected Kemp to win the award and were shocked when Braun was named the winner.
It’s unfortunate that Kemp defended Braun due to his good nature, but the questions everyone has should be answered when Braun finally decides to talk.
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