Ryan Braun Releases Statement on Suspension, Apologizes for PED Use

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 22, 2013

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who was suspended 65 games last month for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, has become one of the most vilified players across the league. 

On Thursday, he issued a statement both confessing to and apologizing for his PED use. Here is a portion of his full statement, via MLB.com:

Now that the initial MLB investigation is over, I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended. I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards.

I have disappointed the people closest to me – the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.