Report: Braun tries to separate from Rodriguez, opens up to teammates

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Ryan Braun. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Report: Braun tries to separate from Rodriguez, opens up to teammates

CREATED Aug. 17, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A report Saturday says that suspended Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is trying to take a different path in opening up about his performance-enhancing drug use.

CBS's Jon Heyman writes that Braun's reported willingness to go public about his doping is meant to separate himself from a man whose camp allegedly leaked knowledge of Braun's use, suspended Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez.

He's also begun to talk to teammates about it, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

USA Today sports first reported Braun, according to his friends, will admit guilt about using performance-enhancing drugs in parts of the 2011 season.

He's also expected to discuss the reasons why he did it, and publicly apologize for the lies and deception.

Braun accepted a 65-game suspension on July 22, which will keep him out of the remainder of the 2013 season.

CBS reported that someone in Alex Rodriguez's camp may have leaked documents implicating Braun's PED use.  A source tells CBS's Jon Heyman that Rodriguez was not close to Braun.

"(Rodriguez) doesn't like Braun. Braun is the college star in Miami that (Rodriguez) never was," a friend of Rodriguez reportedly told Heyman.

Word also came out Friday that a man who reportedly was Braun's friend for a long time has filed a lawsuit against him, and the lawsuit claims that Braun doped back in college.

According to ESPN, Ralph Sasson, 29, claims he helped Braun through an appeal of a positive steroid test after the 2011 season by finding out background information on Dino Laurenzi Jr., who took Braun's sample.

The lawyer who helped Braun beat that steroid test, David Cornwell, no longer serves Braun and is Rodriguez's attorney during the appeal of his suspension.

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