Monday, July 22, 2013

Ryan Braun Deserves our Contempt


I've maintained since Ryan Braun won the appeal of his 2012 suspension that he is truly despicable for the way he treated the collector of the urine sample.

Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season due to his connection to Biogenesus, making him worthy of our contempt, but he's not alone in this regard.   In a rare moment of class, Braun has decided not to appeal his suspension.

As Josh Levin points out in Slate, what is perhaps most reprehensible is how he slanderously lied and smeared Dino Laurenzi Jr., the poor man who collected his urine sample full of PED to save his own skin,
Why is Braun such a villain? Because after getting a reprieve last year that it’s now pretty obvious he didn’t deserve, he had the gall to smear the lowest man on the baseball org chart to make himself look a teeny-tiny bit better. In February 2012, after he successfully appealed a 50-game drug suspension, the 2011 MVP smarmed his way through a victory press conference, whining that he’d been wrongfully accused and that the whole process had been so very hard on him. He also attacked the integrity of Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who’d collected his urine sample. "There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened," he said, citing nothing at all to support his claims. “We spoke to biochemists and scientists, and asked them how difficult it would be for someone to taint the sample. They said, if they were motivated, it would be extremely easy.” At the same time, Braun praised his own moral rectitude, saying, “I will continue to take the high road. We won because the truth was on my side.”
In his written statement today, Braun wants everyone to know he is a victim in this matter, "This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family,..." but no where does he acknowledge the damage he's done to Mr. Laurenzi.  Braun owes Mr. Laurenzi a public apology that includes acknowledging his crimes against that gentleman.

Braun is an enormous creep and I hope Brewers fans don't let him off so lightly.

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