Cheaters Never Win? MLB’s Ryan Braun Returns, Receives Ovation

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Ryan Braun, the 30-year-old left-fielder and third baseman who was also one of the posterboys for the Biogenesis scandal, returned to play for the Milwaukee Brewers today after sitting out a 65 game suspension for his role in the scandal. Braun, who had set sample collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. out to the wolves in an effort to keep his name clear, was eventually tasked with, and accepted, a 65 game suspension from the MLB.

In a statement Braun released at the time of the suspension, he attributed the PED use to an injury that wasn’t recovering properly in 2011. “I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation.” Braun described in the statement, “It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed, and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.”

When the Brewer says he did not admit his mistake immediately, he refers to his statements after the baseball arbiter’s decision — a decision that ruled in favor of Braun, and against Laurenzi Jr. “There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked,” Braun said. Then, “that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened.”

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