No, Ryan Braun does not deserve any kind of retirement tribute

Long-time Milwaukee Brewers bully Ryan Braun officially retired Tuesday afternoon. Don’t let the Brewers tribute distract you from the time it ruined a man’s existence for almost no reason.

We are a long way from Braun’s first positive steroid test and the results of that test. While I believe that players who took performance-enhancing drugs during the steroid era deserve a second chance given the disadvantage they would have had if they hadn’t participated, what Braun did was beyond justification.

Not only did Braun deny his positive test – a move many star players took during the period – he also tried denouncing an innocent drug collector to clear his name. His legal team accused the drug collector of bringing the original urine test the next morning instead of the night, and even tried to slander him as an anti-Semite.

“It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation,” he said at the time. “We got through this because I’m innocent and the truth is on our side.”

Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun’s career is forever tarnished

In 2013, Braun later admitted it was a lie and apologized to the drug collector.

“I have no one to blame but myself. I know that I have made some serious mistakes in the last year and a half, both in the information that I did not pass on during my arbitration hearing and in the comments I made to the press afterwards, ”Braun said at the time by ESPN. “I have let the people closest to me down – those who fought for me because they really believed me all along. I withheld the truth from everyone. I denied for a long time and convinced myself that I didn’t do anything wrong. “

In Milwaukee, brown was given. His accomplishments on the field largely outweigh his sins for Brewers fans. This is generally the case.

But for the rest of baseball, Braun’s legacy is the aforementioned scandal and how he handled his original suspension. His retirement from baseball is appropriate, and any awards we still attribute to him should be starred.

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