You always hear people say that venting is a healthy thing. I certainly hope it is, because baseball fans everywhere have been doing a lot of venting on Ryan Braun as of late. After he was suspended by MLB and admitted to making some mistakes, fans everywhere started to let loose on the fraudulent slugger. But with a story this big, even the players are voicing their opinions loudly.
Here’s a sample of what Braun’s former teammate Zack Greinke, had to to say:
“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. The fact that even to this day he hasn’t had a real apology is really upsetting to me. I thought about it a bunch. He still hasn’t really apologized.”
Greinke says that he, just like about everybody else, believed Braun because he was so convincing. That’s probably the most alarming thing in all of this. Cheating is nothing new to the game of baseball or any other athletic competition – but using people to help sell your lie about cheating, is a whole different ball game.
Braun does owe a lot of people, and probably many former teammates, apologies. That’s the only way for everyone involved to move on from this. His released statement is definitely not enough. He needs to reach out personally to anyone he hurt or lied to during this whole fiasco to at least attempt to make things right.
For now, though, Braun should stay in seclusion while the verbal bullets are still flying.
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