PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A month after acknowledging he made “mistakes,” Ryan Braun admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger said in a statement released Thursday by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.READ MORE: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Launches New Mobile Screening Unit In Philadelphia
“It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately,” Braun said.
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Officials Ready To Provide COVID-19 Booster Shots Once They're Approved By CDC
Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig.
“I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards,” Braun said. “I have disappointed the people closest to me — the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.”
Last month he accepted a 65-game suspension resulting from Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.MORE NEWS: 'They Need Help Now': Survey Shows Philadelphia School Nurses Lack Assistance, COVID Test Kits
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