MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Ryan Braun faced tough questions from reporters Wednesday, in his first unscripted remarks since he denied and then admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun, the National League's MVP in 2011 with the Milwaukee Brewers, held a news conference outside Miller Park where he took food donations for Thanksgiving.
The first question was why he lied for almost two years about not taking PED's, before taking a 65 game suspension in July after evidence reportedly surfaced that he was part of a drug regimen with the former BioGenesis clinic in 2011.
Braun refused to confirm details but said he was remorseful, he wished he could change things, and he would try to do all he can to earn back people's trust, respect, and support.
Braun was also asked about his infamous 2012 news conference in which he blamed drug sampler Dino Laurenzi for mishandling the urine sample he gave on the first day of the 2011 playoffs. He said it was big mistake to do that.
Braun said he and his fiancée had dinner Tuesday night with Laurenzi and his family, and they've made amends and agreed to put the incident behind them. Braun denied making any payments to Laurenzi.
Pundits have said that Braun will never be elected to another All-Star team, after making five such appearances -- and the Hall of Fame is only a pipe dream. Braun said he has not thought much about it -- he's not motivated by individual accolades -- and it's almost disrespectful to think about his Hall of Fame chances after less than 7 years in the Majors.
Asked if anything positive came from this, Braun said he hopes his experience will discourage others from making the same mistakes he did. Braun also said he expects to perform better next season.
He remains under contract with Milwaukee for 7 more years, and is owed around $130 million. Braun would not address the question of whether he'd take a pay cut, saying the Brewers have been, "incredibly supportive."