Ryan Braun issues statement: 'I have no one to blame but myself'

Suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun issued a statement Thursday, breaking his silence...

Suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun issued a statement Thursday, breaking his silence about a 65-game ban. (Reuters)

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A month to the day after being suspended 65 games for his links to Biogenesis of America, Ryan Braun finally spoke out about the issue through a written statement.

The lengthy letter, sent Thursday to the media by his club, the Milwaukee Brewers, is largely an epic apology.

“Now that the initial MLB investigation is over,” Braun started, “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.”

Braun said he “turned to products” in 2011, the same year he won the National League MVP, in an effort to accelerate injury recovery.

The five-time all-star then admitted to being in denial for years, stating he had formed a “clouded vision of reality” in his mind.

“Those who put their necks out for me have been embarrassed by my behaviour,” Braun added. “I don't have the words to express how sorry I am for that.”

The 29-year-old outfielder said his advisors, teammates, family and friends were all in the dark about his performance-enhancing drug use.

It was only when MLB launched a full investigation into the Florida-based anti-aging clinic in June that he finally admitted his wrongdoing to himself and those around him.

Braun's full statement


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