Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, in his first remarks to the media since his season-ending 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, expressed regret about the suspension and his adamant prior claims (after getting a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test overturned in 2012) that he had never used performance enhancing drugs. But he declined to go into any further detail about his past behavior, instead suggesting that it was his responsibility to earn back the faith of those whom he had disappointed.
“Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement (released by Major League Baseball at the time his suspension was announced) that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific, I got into a lot of details at that point. I’m not really going to go into any further details,” Braun told reporters in Milwaukee. “I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying.”
Asked about his press conference professing his innocence in the face of his suspension for steroid use in 2012 — a suspension that was overturned on procedural grounds based on the chain-of-custody followed by the delivery of the sample that was tested — Braun suggested that his stance that day was “a mistake.”
“I’m not really, again, going to get into too many specifics. I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake. I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day,” Braun told reporters. “But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I’m not going to get into too many specifics. I really don’t think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I’m not going to discuss that subject.”
Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, said that he hopes to return at an even higher level of play in 2014 than what he’s done to date in his career.
“I certainly intend to go out there and be the same player that I’ve been,” he told reporters. “Hopefully I continue to get better, and if that opportunity presents itself it’d be great. But I guess my whole focus is just on doing everything I can to come back next year and be a great player.”
For a complete transcript of Braun’s remarks, click here.
Buster chats with Mut and Rob Bradford about the recently released list of Hall of Fame candidates and the issues surrounding the nominees. He also gives Mut and Rob an update on what he is hearing in MLB free agency.
Dupont joins Dale Arnold and Butch Stearns to talk about the state of the Bruins locker room. In recent weeks, bullying and locker room relations have come to the forefront in the wake of the Jonathan Martin scandal but Dupont explains why those things won’t happen in the Bruins’ room.
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Minnesota at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Gonzaga, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Dayton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin vs. West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Indiana State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: TCU vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 2 a.m. Thursday (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez, apparently not content with being out of the headlines for a couple of days, filed an amended lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig on Tuesday, and took more shots at the commissioner for his decision to pass on testifying at the player’s hearing to appeal his 211-game suspension.
“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing in New York. In Mr. Selig’s world, apparently the ‘buck’ does not stop with Bud,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators. His silence on these issues speaks volumes and leads to only one logical conclusion — his actions, and those of the MLB personnel he controls, were aimed at destroying the reputation, career and business prospects of Alex Rodriguez.”
As part of the 33-page filing, Rodriguez’s lawyers included a photo of Selig next to a fan wearing a shirt with “A-ROID’” printed on it.
“Sadly, this cowardly stance by Mr. Selig is consistent with his past and highly inappropriate conduct in posing, smilingly, with a young fan wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory message directed at Mr. Rodriguez,” the complain reads. “One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport — or indeed the CEO of any business — doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees.”
Rodriguez’s lawyers are trying to get the suit back in New York state court, where it originally was filed. MLB had it moved to federal court and plans to ask for it to be dismissed.
Sitton was asked whether he thought the Lions — Green Bay’s opponent on Thanksgiving — would take a penalty in exchange for a hard hit on the Packers quarterback.
“Absolutely,” Sitton said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that’s how they play.”
Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was ejected and later suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Sitton, who has been with Green Bay since 2008, put the blame for the Lions’ bad behavior on the coaching staff.
“It starts with their frickin’ coach,” he said. “Starts with the head coach. [Jim] Schwartz, he’s a [expletive], too, I wouldn’t want to play for him. … Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags, and so are the D-line.”
• The Ravens mixed in the wildcat offense in Sunday’s win over the Jets, but it didn’t set well with the team’s regular quarterback. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was not pleased with the insertion of Tyrod Taylor behind center so that Baltimore could improve its running attack against the Jets.
“I don’t like that stuff,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think it makes you look like a high school offense. That’s just my opinion.”
Added Flacco: I don’t care how we use it in the game, I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.”
Flacco said he would rather see his team perfect its regular offense than go to trickery, which includes him sometimes lining up at wide receiver as a decoy.
“I’m all for us doing things to get better, but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time,” he said. “We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have great confidence in Stevan as a runner. He’s been very productive in our offense. He’s done a lot of things. At the same time, obviously, ball security is the most important factor for our offense and for our team when we have the ball. We have to be part of the solution. We have to work with him.” – Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, on running back Stevan Ridley, who has fumbled in three consecutive games
STAT OF THE DAY: 321 – Rushing yards for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch in Tuesday’s 33-14 victory over Western Michigan, breaking his own FBS single-game rushing record for QBs and helping the 18th-ranked Huskies complete a perfect regular season at 12-0
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Stars score three times in 53 seconds in Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the Ducks.
Magic guard Victor Oladipo dunks on a pair of Hawks big men during Tuesday’s game in Atlanta.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Lou Boudreau, who would play for the Sox until 1952 and manage the team from 1952-54
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimi Hendrix, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1942.