Zack Greinke pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers when Ryan Braun successfully overturned a 50-game suspension in 2011. Braun told his believing teammates he never did anything wrong.
Now that the truth has come out and Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season, his old teammate and current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Greinke is disappointed and speaking out.
"The main thing is, yeah, he lied to us," Greinke told the Los Angeles Times.
"He forced us to lie for him, threw people under the bus in order to help himself out and didn't care, blamed others for his mistakes and it's just a lot of things you don't expect from people."
Greinke was one of many of those close to Braun who believed him when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
"Everything was so convincing," he said. "He had people to blame. He seemed like a really good guy. He was a good teammate at the time. You don't know the guys that he was pinning it on. I'm not positive, but I think everyone 100% believed him at the time."
"Especially the next year, he looked just as good as the year before," Greinke added. "His numbers his whole career -- Hall of Fame numbers. How could you not believe him? He was so convincing."
Greinke wouldn't discuss directly if his opinion on Braun as a player changed, but his disappointment was obvious.
"It's just the person. Just the fact that he was willing to use anyone that got in his path. The closer you were to him, the more he would use you. It's just disappointing that a human being could be like that."
Braun has not apologized for lying to his friends and teammates, of for being suspend, and that bothers Greinke, too.
"The fact that even to this day he hasn't had a real apology is really upsetting to me," Greinke said. "I thought about it a bunch. He still hasn't really apologized."
Braun tweeted earlier this week: "I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and am still not, legally allowed to say anything yet."