Remember when Ryan Braun said this:
Well, forget that. Braun lied. Braun now admits he “made mistakes”. He accepts Major League Baseball’s 65 game suspension for violating its drug policy. He’s done for the season.
No reasonable person believed Braun in spring training last year. He got off on a technicality, but that didn’t keep Braun from shamelessly throwing the drug courier under the bus. Braun was right to state there can be no kinks in the chain of delivery, but he was wrong to imply the courier tainted with the sample.
Braun also helped Aaron Rodgers tweet something he’d one day regret:
MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012
Rodgers believed in Braun’s innocence so much, the Packers QB said he’d be willing to bet a year’s salary on it. Oops. That’s a costly loss.
Nothing wrong with Rodgers standing up for a friend. We would all do it. But be smart. You can defend your friend without attacking the non-believers. Lance Armstrong defenders know how you must feel, Aaron.
As for baseball, when will it end? We’re numb. The incentive to cheat continues, and it’s not a small incentive. Braun won an MVP he won’t have to give back, and signed a new contract worth $145.5 million. He won’t have to give that back either. (He is suspended without pay.)
Meantime, the NFL suspends the Broncos’ Von Miller four games for violating its drug policy, and we hardly care. It doesn’t surprise anyone, or outrage many, to find performance-enhancing drugs in a violent gladiator sport like football. Baseball makes us nostalgic in ways football doesn’t. Not yet anyway. The numbers in baseball used to mean so much. Now we don’t what’s real, or what to believe.
We just know it’s not over.