Last evening, news broke that suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger, Ryan Braun, issued an admission of guilt and apology for his use of a banned substance during the 2011 season and deceitful actions afterward. The letter was humble and carefully worded, explaining that he used “products” for a short period of time that he shouldn’t have used in order to speed healing. The products contained synthetic testosterone, which helps in strength gain, muscle recovery and prevention of tissue breakdown.
When the substance was discovered during testing, he denied having used it. Curious, though, was the fact that an injury caused him to sit out on the All-Star game and yet he ended the season with a strong finish, leading the Brewers to the National League Central crown and winning the most valuable player award.
In spite of the accusations, test results, and pressure from fans and fellow players to come clean, so to speak, Braun hid his actions and insisted on his innocence – for the past two years. He even quite rambunctiously claimed, in interviews and news conferences, that that he’d been framed.
Braun cited the reason for his infraction by saying, “”I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this.”
Braun then issued a separate apology to Brewers fans. You can read the letter here.
Fellow Brewers player Ron Roenicke commented that Braun’s admission and apology is a “good first step.”
As a matter of fact, I admire Braun’s brawn. It took guts to come forward and fess up, especially after such a prolonged period of time. Basically, Braun had backed himself into a corner. Not only did he lie – to himself, his family, friends, teammates, baseball officials, and fans – but then he lied about lying. Remember how your mother taught you that one little white lie can grow until it’s as plain as the nose on your face? She knew what she was talking about. Give her call and tell her she was right. I’m sure she’d love to hear that.
Anyway, back to Braun. As I watched the story unfold, a Scripture verse kept coming to mind. It’s from the Gospel of Luke:
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” (Lk 12:2-3)
I speculated whether, if he was truly guilty (I wasn’t sure then), would he be forced to admission by undeniable evidence, or would he do so on his own? In the end, he did it on his own. True, there was evidence, but it was Braun who issued the statements of his own accord. For that, I congratulate him.
I’m not in a hurry to make him into a hero, but I will use him as an example of someone who finally took the right first step. Ryan Braun isn’t all that unlike many of us who can lose our sense of reality and pridefully cling to our story and maintain a false facade in spite of knowing deep inside it’s false. In that regard, we can all stop and ask ourselves how far along we are on the white lie trail. Eventually, everything that has been covered up will be revealed.
Source: Milwaukee JournalSeninel, ABC News