Braun says he 'made a huge mistake' in first public comments since suspension
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has spoken to the press for the first time since admitting using PED's.
"I'm not going to be able to give any specifics except to say I'm extremely remorseful," said Braun in a news conference at a Brewers Community Foundation event Wednesday. "I made a mistake, a huge mistake."
He said he wishes he "had the ability to go back, change things...I don't have the ability to do that...I don't anticipate I'll be able to earn everybody's support."
"I've always been incredibly appreciative of everybody's support...we all deal with adversity...challenges in life. Any challenge you deal with...an opportunity to grown from, to learn from."
When asked by TODAY'S TMJ4's Mike Jacobs if he had made any payments to Dino Laurenzi, Jr., the man who handled his PED test during the 2011 MLB playoffs, he said, "I have not made any payments to him. I've had some really productive conversations with the Laurenzi family...we've made amends."
He even said he had dinner with Laurenzi's family on Tuesday night. "I think we've made amends."
He also addressed if he communicated with commissioner Bud Selig, "I wrote Bud a letter. I'm not going to get in to any specifics."
Braun spoke about if he should have spoken to defend himself as vehemently as he did in 2012 after initial allegations: "I wish that I hadn't done the press conference...I deeply regret a lot of things I said that day."
He was also asked if he would play as well without PED's as when he took them. His response: "I think I'll be better. I should be better."
"The Brewers have been incredibly supportive...I can't thank Mark Attanasio for his support."