Ryan Braun is liar and a cheat. This is no surprise, yet the outrage over Braun’s hefty suspension would lead one to believe this is the first time we’ve suspected the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder of any inpropriety involving Performance Enhancing Drugs. This, of course, is not the case with Braun. Shortly after being named the 2011 National League MVP we found out about Braun’s positive PED test, and Braun’s camp went into spin mode.
By now you know Braun won an appeal and the test was thrown out due to mistakes being made in the way the test was delivered to the testing lab. Braun’s now-infamous press conference in Arizona during spring training last year served as an opportunity for Braun to explain himself and a lot of people actually believed his distorted version of what happened. If you believed Braun’s explanation, then you probably need to re-evaluate some things.
Braun’s arrogance througout this ordeal has been disgusting and embarrassing for Major League Baseball. Braun was supposed to be the next great young player to be the face of a franchise and eventually the face of an entire sport the way Derek Jeter and Dustin Pedroia were before him. Instead Braun chose the easier route that saw him finally succumb to the fact that he’s a habitual steroid user with not a shred of credibility left. Braun got off easy with the 65-game suspension, but the destruction of his reputation is something he’ll never be able to mend.
After the steroid era where the game’s greatest players from Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens have tested positive for PEDs or have been suspected of cheating, Braun had the chance to bring baseball into the generation of “clean” baseball. He failed miserably. Unfortunately for every Jeter and Pedroia, there are Braun and Alex Rodriguez. These guys don’t want to work hard and build a legacy of something honorable. They’d rather just take the easy way out.