MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Ryan Braun is calling Milwaukee Brewers' baseball fans to personally apologize for taking performance-enhancing drugs, and then denying it for almost two years.
Braun was the first to be suspended in late July for reportedly taking part in a PED performance program laid out by the former BioGenesis clinic. A dozen other players were later punished.
Brewers' executive Rick Schlesinger tells WTMJ in Milwaukee that it was Braun's idea to call ticket buyers, listen to their concerns, and discuss his situation. He didn't want publicity, but hardly anything about Braun's case appears not to have been leaked out.
Schlesinger said Braun is concerned that his mistakes don't discourage people from attending Brewers' games and being a fan. Some people don't believe it's him on the phone -- but most do recognize him eventually, and give him credit for calling.
In public, Braun has relied on carefully crafted written statements to get his message out. Hardly any players caught with PED's have publicly identified their drugs -- and we don't know whether the BioGenesis players received immunity from possible prosecution so they could give fans the whole story if they choose.
Schlesinger said Braun has said nothing about calling a news conference, where he could answer questions without a script.