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Braun finally speaks publicly after suspensionSubmitted: 11/27/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun spoke publicly for the first time since serving a 65-game suspension last year. He used Performance Enhancing Drugs or PEDs.

Braun was taking part in a food drive near Miller Park this morning.

Braun admitted taking a "cream and a lozenge" to recover from injury during the 2011 season. That triggered a positive test in October. That led to the suspension and then his winning appeal on the grounds that Dr. Dino Laurenzi Jr., the sample collector improperly handled his urine sample. Braun criticized him in a February 2012 press conference after Braun had successfully appealed a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.


Braun says he has made amends with Laurenzi.

"The Laurenzi family has been gracious and kind enough to have my fianse and I over for dinner last night," Braun told reporters. "We've made amends and we're both excited to move forward and put this behind us."

Braun was asked if he would renegotiate his contract for a lower rate - after his image as the face of the Brewers franchise was deminished.

"The Brewers have been incredibly supportive, the entire organization," Braun explains. "My teammates, everyone has been incredibly supportive. I can't thank [principal owner] Mark Attanasio enough for his support. I fully intend to do everything in my power to be the best player and person that I can be moving forward."


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