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FILE - In this July 20, 2013, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun flips his bat after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Milwaukee. Braun has finally admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011. The suspended Milwaukee slugger said in a statement released Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Ryan Braun finally admits drug use in 2011
MLB » Apology still missing key factors, including what he knew at time.
First Published Aug 23 2013 08:51 am • Last Updated Aug 23 2013 11:31 pm

Ryan Braun finally said it: He took performance-enhancing drugs.

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A month after suddenly abandoning his claims of innocence and accepting a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger admitted he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury during his 2011 NL MVP season.

In a statement released by the Brewers on Thursday night, Braun took responsibility for his actions. He also apologized to many people, including the sample collector he castigated after an arbitrator overturned the outfielder’s suspension from a 2011 positive test.

"I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards," Braun said. "I have disappointed the people closest to me."

Still, his lengthy act of self-reproach was missing several key details. Among them: The five-time All-Star doesn’t say who gave him the PEDs or where they came from; he doesn’t reveal the banned substance in the products; he doesn’t say if he knew the cream and lozenge were tainted at the time he took them.


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For now, the apology will have to do.

"To me, it doesn’t really matter what they say. Let’s lay down the penalties and move on," San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

On July 22, Braun agreed to a suspension resulting from Major League Baseball’s investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of providing banned substances to players.

At that time he acknowledged only that he made "mistakes," leaving people, including Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, wanting more.

He laid out his story Thursday: "Here is what happened," the statement says.

Still tied to Milwaukee for at least seven more years and $117 million, Braun also sent a separate letter of apology to Brewers fans.

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