UPDATED Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 1:27 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is talking publicly for the first time since accepting a season-ending suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement.
Braun was taking part in a food drive at Miller Park on Wednesday. He says he is "deeply remorseful," and eager to get back to playing.
Braun was the first star to be suspended as part of the doping scandal surrounding the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida.
The five-time All-Star tested positive for elevated testosterone in October of his 2011 NL MVP season, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled the urine sample was mishandled. Braun has apologized for blaming specimen collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. He says they have "made amends." He says he not made any payments to Laurenzi.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 9:34 a.m.
From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun spoke to the media for the first time in weeks on Wednesday morning, November 27th.
Braun says he is “deeply remorseful” for the things he said and has done in relation to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun has been the face of the Milwaukee Brewers for the last few years. He says his teammates have been extremely supportive. Braun says he wishes he could go back and do a lot of things differently, but he can’t — so he plans to move forward.
When questioned about whether he would like to stay in Milwaukee or be traded to another team for a fresh start, Braun said he “absolutely” wants to stay in Milwaukee. He says the fans have been amazing to him — and he fully intends to stay here.
Braun was at Miller Park on Wednesday morning to help raise awareness for Hunger Task Force — and wish baseball fans a Happy Thanksgiving.