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Ryan Braun Speaks Publicly for First Time Since Admitting PED Use

Ryan Braun spoke to reporters today following a charity appearance in Milwaukee
(WFRV-TV) - Ryan Braun spoke publicaly for the the first time Wednesday since he was suspended 65-games in July for using performance-enhancing drugs.  The Brewers outfielder took a lot of specific questions, but did not respond with many specific answers after the Brewers holiday food drive.

""Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific, I got into a lot of details at that point," said Braun when asked why he lied about PED use. "I’m not really going to go into any further details. I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying."

Braun did admit that holding the press conference after being cleared of the original failed test and repeatedly lying about using was a big mistake.

"I’m not really, again, going to get into too many specifics," Braun said. "I wish that I hadn’t done the press conference. It was a big mistake. I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day. But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I’m not going to get into too many specifics. I really don’t think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I’m not going to discuss that subject."

When asked is Braun had paid or reached out to Dino Laurenzi, Jr. the urine sample collector who he accused of potentially tampering with his test, Braun said he had met with him.

"I have not made any payments to him," Braun said. "I’ve had some really productive and positive conversations with him. The Laurenzi family was actually gracious and kind enough to have my fiancée Larisa and I over to their house for dinner last night, and we had some really good conversation. We’ve made amends and I think we’re both excited to be able to move forward and put this behind us."

Does he think the fans will be able to put this behind them?

"Everywhere I’ve been, people have been incredibly supportive and I’ve been incredibly appreciative of that," Braun said. "I don’t really know what to expect, but everybody has been extremely supportive and I really appreciate that."

Braun was also asked how these events affected his personal relationship with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who he previously was in the restaurant business with.

"I'm not going to get into our specific relationship other than to say that he had been a great friend of mine for a long time. He's a great person, and I hope he gets back on the field soon so he can help those guys win."

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