Ryan Braun Statement on Suspension Appeal Win

From his agent:

State­ment from Ryan Braun in response to arbi­tra­tion decision:

I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision.

It is the first step in restor­ing my good name and rep­u­ta­tion. We were able to get through this because I am inno­cent and the truth is on our side.

We pro­vided com­plete coop­er­a­tion through­out, despite the highly unusual circumstances.

I have been an open book, will­ing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this inves­ti­ga­tion, because I have noth­ing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, includ­ing at least three in the past year.

I would like to thank my fam­ily and friends, my team­mates, the Brew­ers orga­ni­za­tion led by Mark Attana­sio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash and Ron Roenicke, and other play­ers around the league who have expressed their sup­port and our great fans in Mil­wau­kee and around the coun­try who stuck by me and did not rush to judgment.

I’d also like to offer spe­cial thanks to Michael Weiner and the Play­ers Asso­ci­a­tion for believ­ing in me since day one and to my attorneys.

I’d like to thank my agent Nez Balelo and Terry Prince of CAA Sports and Matthew Hiltzik of Hiltzik Strate­gies for all of their help and coun­sel through the process.

This is not just about one per­son, but about all cur­rent and future play­ers, and thank­fully, today the process worked.

Despite the chal­lenges of this adver­sar­ial process, I do appre­ci­ate the pro­fes­sion­al­ism demon­strated by the Panel Chair and the Office of the Commissioner.

As I said before, I’ve always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball.

Every­thing I’ve done in my career has been with that respect and appre­ci­a­tion in mind.

I look for­ward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Fri­day and then return­ing the focus to base­ball and work­ing with my Brew­ers team­mates on defend­ing our National League Cen­tral title.”


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