According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, people familiar with Braun’s plans say the former National League Most Valuable Player is ready to admit he used performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 season, as well as why he did it and publicly apologize for the his lies and deception.
No time frame was given for the announcement, other than it will be coming soon.
MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy tweeted Friday night, however, that Braun has already begun the process of privately apologizing to teammates and other in the Brewers’ organization.
Ryan Braun's apology tour has begun. Besides his chat with Roenicke today, Braun called Jonathan Lucroy. Likely other teammates, too.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 17, 2013
While Nightengale’s sources didn’t provide specifics about what Braun would be confessing, they said he will—for the first time—publicly admit guilt.
In February 2012, Braun issued a strong denial of any association with performance-enhancing drugs. Braun failed a test for PEDs late in the 2011 season, but was able to avoid punishment under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement by successfully appealing that the sample was mishandled.
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension on July 22 for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic in Miami. The clinic’s founder, Anthony Bosch, cooperated with MLB in an investigation into PED use by players, a probe that resulted in the suspensions of another 13 players. Twelve of those players accepted 50-game suspensions, while New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is in the process of appealing a 211-game ban.
Rodriguez and Braun were back in the headlines on Friday after CBS’ “60 Minutes” reportedly learned that documents connecting Braun and Biogenesis were leaked to Yahoo Sports in February by members of Rodriguez’s inner circle.
Braun is also the defendant in a lawsuit filed by Ralph Sasson, a friend of Braun’s from their days at the University of Miami. Sasson is accusing Braun of defamation. According to ESPN, the suit alleges that Braun used performance-enhancing drugs while playing at Miami, committed academic fraud and took money from boosters. Sasson claims he helped Braun with his appeal of the 2011 drug test.
Braun’s attorney told USA Today that Sasson’s claims are baseless.
“This lawsuit is an unfortunate attempt to capitalize on Ryan’s recent press attention for taking responsibility for his actions,” Howard Weitzman said. “The factual allegations and the legal claims have absolutely no merit. We believe the lawsuit will be dismissed.
The suit was filed last month in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
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