Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun went public this afternoon with an apology for his role in the Biogenesis scandal – an involvement that Green Bay Packers’ quarterback and best friend Aaron Rodgers was publicly vocal about.
The apology issued by Braun included many of the words that folks have been waiting for: embarrassment, sorry, mistakes, ashamed.
He admitted that he kept the truth from everyone, including his friends and people closest to him – his family. He said he was in denial and convinced himself that he had done nothing wrong.
Many went to bat for him, including Rodgers, who said on the first day of training camp just a few days after his friend and business partner was suspended that he was disappointed in Braun’s actions.
How will he feel now? My guess is that Rodgers will continue to support his friend in the only way he knows how … by being there to help Braun resume his career and get back on his feet. As a friend, that’s why he’s there.
But there are those in the media who say that Braun’s public apology doesn’t go far enough. Tim Kurkjian, appearing on ESPN, was inches away from calling Braun a wimp for what he thought was an incomplete statement. “I certainly thought there was going to be more,” he said on the air. He went on to say that he thought Braun would stand behind the microphone in a press conference and answer questions from the media. That Braun would look people in the eye and provide answers to questions about his behavior.
To what end, Mr. Kurkjian? So the bloodsuckers out there can continue to skewer Braun and string him up as the poster child of what you would call wimp-ism?
He explained what happened. He was injured. He took products he shouldn’t have. He got away with it, he denied it and then when the crap hit the fan a few weeks ago, he was finally nabbed.
He’s paid his price. Yeah, he will only lose out a few million dollars on his $100-plus million contract, but he was smart about it. He’s taking his lumps now, he’s finding his way back to the game he loves and he’s asking those close to him to accept his apology, to help him understand what he’s done to them and to move on for the betterment of his personal and professional life.
Among those he will be leaning on in the coming months will no doubt be none other than Rodgers. The two are in business together, they have chummed together and their connection as their sports’ MVPs will forever link them.
So let’s back off, let the guy recover his sanity, his friends, his family and his occupation.
That’s what he wants, that’s what his family wants and no doubt, that’s what Aaron Rodgers wants.