This Ryan Braun stuff is out of control and it is only getting worse. Please try to remember that nothing concrete has come out. The MLB has not publicly commented on this matter and they won't until a decision is made. You have to think they seriously regret that this has ever come out and wish that it never did. All we have to work with is the leaked info and it doesn't really tell us much. Ryan Braun tested for high levels of testosterone. And then he didn't. That's all we really know right now. Before we jump to conclusions we should think long and hard about this. We should consider it from all perspectives. Right now, Ryan Braun's perspective.
Hi, I'm Ryan Braun and that picture you see to your right is me. (Damn, I'm good looking.) I play professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers. I am a former first round draft pick who won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007. I am also a four time Silver Slugger award winner, a four time All-Star and I won the 2011 MVP. Since joining the Brewers in 2007 we have made the playoffs twice, two more times than the Brewers did in the previous 25 years without me.
Outside of baseball, I have business interests in two restaurants in Wisconsin: Ryan Braun's Restaurant in Lake Geneva and Ryan Braun's Graffito in Milwaukee's Third Ward. I endorse a variety of products for Wisconsin businesses and also have a variety of nationwide of endorsements. Surely, you've heard of my Limelight Fusion Energy drinks or my personal line of Affliction shirts called Remetee. The odds are if you are watching TV right now, you will see me. I'm everywhere.
I have built my baseball career and my business career through hard work and protecting my personal brand. I work hard to keep myself out of controversial situations and I am a generally good person with integrity. I have a lot of friends in sports and consider Aaron Rodgers to be my best friend in sports. When my neighbor, former basketball star and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, asked me about the test I told him it was bogus. A person doesn't get as many friends as I have by lying to them. I have also never lied to my fans or the media and am basically an open book when it comes to interviews. I wish I could tell my side right now. When Tom Haudricourt texted me about this I told him I was completely innocent and this whole thing was B.S. I have hired a lawyer and I plan to fight this thing to the end because I don't believe that I did anything wrong. I am a stand up guy and I have always been a stand up guy. My owner knows this, just look what he said about me in a statement:
Ryan Braun has been a model citizen in every sense of the word, both in the Milwaukee community and for the Brewers. Since joining our organization in 2005, he has been a person of character and integrity. We are dealing with an incomplete set of facts and speculation. Before there is a rush to judgment, Ryan deserves the right to be heard. We are committed to supporting Ryan to get to the truth of what happened in this unfortunate situation.
Those are his words. I am not trying to toot my own horn here, but these are qualities that I possess. If you don't believe me then you should believe my owner. You may not like the way I dress or some of the things that I do, but you can never doubt the way that I carry myself. I am a smart guy. I know how these things work. I wouldn't be trying to fight this if I didn't. Remember that thing I said about having a lot of friends in sports? Well, another one of them is A-Rod. You know, the guy who was one of the best hitters of his generation who got caught for steroids and had to apologize? Yeah, that guy. When that whole deal went down I said this:
The best thing he can do is come out, admit to everything and be completely honest. The situation will die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth.
Yes, I said if he was wrong he should admit it and not lie about it. Oh, and I also said that at that time that I have never sought out PEDs and I would never do them because I would hit 60 or 70 homeruns. Last I checked I only hit 33 last season.
So, think about all that please. Knowing all that you know about me and thinking about all that I just told you about myself, why would you think I was guilty? Why would you compare me to other people who have lied and claimed innocence in the past? Why would you listen to what Around the Horn talking head morons have to say about me? Why wouldn't you let the facts come out and then make your judgements?
Have I lied before? Have I ever given you a reason not to believe in me? Have I ever done anything to deserve this nationwide blacklisting?
Because I don't believe that I have. I think I'm a pretty stand up guy and that you should be standing by me.
(MPD: We do too.)
(That wasn't really Braun. I mean, be for real.)