A small first step for Ryan Braun

But the suspended slugger's carefully crafted statement comes up short

Originally Published: August 22, 2013
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

No matter how remorseful or contrite Ryan Braun wants to appear, he has a lot of image repair left that can't be helped by consultants or meticulously crafted apologies. It's relatively easy to bare your soul in late August, when you're serving a suspension from the comfort of your living room. Try dealing with the fallout when it's April or May and some well-lubricated Cubs fans have you in their crosshairs at Wrigley Field.

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