Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games for PED use and after going silent for a while, the disgraced outfielder finally released a statement this afternoon.
Braun was suspended about a month ago and said that when the time was right, he’d discuss the matter. In his statement, Braun talks about the thought process behind taking the banned substances and even apologized to the urine collector he so harshly accused in 2011.
However, the part that will disturb Dodger fans is he admitted to using the PEDs in 2011, the year he won the MVP over Matt Kemp:
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.
During the 2011 season, Braun missed nine games due to the calf injury in July and finished the season ahead of Kemp in the MVP race. Kemp arguably had the better season statistically, but Braun won the vote by 54 points to the dismay of Dodger fans everywhere.
It was reported that Braun reached out to Kemp and other baseball stars in an effort to garner their support before it was brought to everyone’s attention that he was guilty of PED use.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to get Kemp his MVP award as the baseball writers voted Braun the winner, but it still stings that he was rewarded for a tainted season.
Here’s what Braun had to say in 2012 after he was able to avoid a 50-game suspension: