With investigation over, will Braun end silence?
And now the countdown begins to the day that Ryan Braun steps to a microphone and expounds upon his drug suspension from baseball.
When the Milwaukee Brewers' left fielder accepted a season-ending, 65-game suspension on July 22 for evidence of performance-enhancing drug use uncovered in MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis clinic as well as “detrimental conduct” after winning an appeal of a positive test, he offered a vague apology acknowledging “I have made some mistakes.”
Amid pleas to reveal more details about what he did, when he did it and why, Braun later sent a statement to the team's beat reporters that said, “When I am able to, I will speak. I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and still am not, legally allowed to say anything yet.”
The “legally” reference was puzzling, but Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio later said that Braun was waiting to speak until the Biogenesis investigation was complete. The verdicts were handed down Monday when 12 players accepted 50-game bans and New York's Alex Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 season, a penalty he is appealing.
Braun could opt to delay further comments until Rodriguez's appeal is finished, which could carry beyond the regular season. The Brewers are awaiting word from him as to when he plans to speak and in what format.
Two days after the suspension was announced, Attanasio told reporters at Miller Park that he planned to take “a more active role” in Braun's attempts to seek redemption for his actions. Attanasio also said he had “full expectation that (Braun) is going to do the right things, he's going to say the right things and he's going to put in a lot of hard work to get back in folks' good graces.”
Asked Monday night in San Francisco about the the timetable, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, “It's Ryan's decision. I talked to Ryan before any of these discussions started to go on. He knows how I feel.
“We've texted back and forth, and I'll probably call him shortly. But I think that's his decision. I know which way I would like him to go. He knows. He knows how Mark (Attanasio) feels, he knows how Doug (Melvin) feels and I think he probably knows how the players and the fans feel.”