CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Pardon me while my mind runneth over ... Ryan Braun apologized to a lot of people Monday evening, when Major League Baseball announced he was suspended for the rest of the season for violating its drug policy.
"Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed - all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates," his cap-in-hand statement read.
He forgot someone. A very important someone.
Ryan Braun should have apologized to the courier who collected his urine sample and, figuring no FedEx Office was open on a late Saturday night, stored it at home until he could ship it. It was that courier's decision that allowed Braun's lawyers to argue that there were enough chain-of-custody issues to render the samples invalid. That sample, according to reports, showed a ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone of 20-to-1. Anything above 4-to-1 indicates a positive test. Still, that courier's decision allowed him to dodge the suspension bullet in 2012.
That allowed him to proclaim his innocence, to claim the truth was on his side and admit there were times he wanted to come out and attack like he had been attacked.
Which is all garbage.
Cheating happens in sports. Athletes have used "cream" and "clear." They've used spitballs and corked bats. The sport of cycling is riddled with drug cheats. Cheating and getting caught is one thing. All that does is hurt the guilty party's reputation.
The real scoundrels are those who use their power, wealth and notoriety to squash regular folks who are just doing their jobs in seeking the truth, to try and damage those folks' reputations in order to save their own.
Ryan Braun needed to add an apology to one of those folks Monday night.
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IF A college football player wants to obliterate any sympathy I may have for him, he can compare himself to an oddly coiffed Canadian pop star.
And that's what Johnny Manziel did this past week at SEC media days.
"I guess I feel like Justin Bieber or something," the Texas A&M quarterback known as "Johnny Football" told ESPN. "I never thought it would really be that way."
Now Manziel should be free to leave his house without being mobbed by fans. He should be able to watch a Drake concert unmolested. And while some of the more puritanical college football fans may turn up their noses, he should be allowed to live it up in Cabo.