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Booing Ryan Braun?
After an early mini-slump brought on by a thumb injury, Ryan Braun had a day Tuesday. Three home runs. A franchise-record-tying seven RBIs. But this wasn't celebrated -- oh no. It happened in the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener and -- shockingly -- the locals booed Braun. This is hardly the first time; Braun, who served a 65-game suspension last season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, also heard it from Boston Red Sox fans days ago. Will/would you boo Ryan Braun when he comes to your town? Would you do the same if he were on your team?
Ryan Braun offers another apology
Ryan Braun has apologized once again for his positive drug test as part of Major League Baseball's Biogenesis doping scandal and his subsequent lies about the urine collector contaminating his sample. He says he is "deeply remorseful" and that he has made amends with the sample collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., but does not want to go into any further details. Asked why he lied, Braun began his statement with "Obviously I've been through a lot" which leads one to wonder whether Braun is sorry about what he did or sorry that he got caught. SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield thinks it is the latter.
There are a lot of reasons not to do performance-enhancing drugs -- reasons of health or morality or simply a fear of needles -- but perhaps the best reason is that, if you're caught, you'll have to do a series of mortifying apologies if you ever hope to regain any credibility. Ryan Braun is finding this out firsthand, as he's personally calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for violating the league PED policy and for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The Brewers say most of the responses from fans whom Braun has called has been positive, but is this enough to get Braun back in your good graces?
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
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Ryan Braun admits PED use
It might not have been the tearful apology some wanted, but Ryan Braun finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs by issuing a statement Thursday. Braun said he took an unspecified cream and lozenge in 2011 while trying to overcome an injury, calling it a "huge mistake" for which he is "deeply ashamed." Is this admission good enough?