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Braun addresses "Outside the Lines" report

Jun 04, 2013 -- 11:05pm


Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun addressed reporters about a possible suspension.

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

As Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun addressed reporters after his team's 4-3, 10-inning victory over Oakland Tuesday night at Miller Park. A throng of TV cameras, notebooks and tape recorders encricled his locker.

“There's a lot of people here (smile). I assume I know why everybody is here."

The media had gathered in the wake of an "Outside the Lines" report that indicated Braun, injured Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and nearly 20 other players could be suspended as a result of Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic in Miami, which is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs for major-league players.

There were plenty of questions, but Braun did not want to entertain them.

"I’ve already addressed everything related to the Miami situation," he said. "I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further statements about it. The truth has not changed. I don’t know the specifics of the story that came out today, but I’ve already addressed it, I’ve already commented on it, and I’ll say nothing further about it.”

Braun was asked if the story was on his mind during the game.

“No, of course not,” he said. “I’ve dealt with this off and on for the last year and a half, I guess. I think I’m pretty good at avoiding distractions.”

Braun said he heard about the story from a public relations staffer after the game. "I haven't read the story or heard any specifics about it," he said.

Asked how he dealt with the distraction, Braun said:

"We all deal with challenges in life. I think for all of us as baseball players, there are distracations whether it's your family situation, relationship situation... there's all kinds of things that come up during the course of a season and for all of us, we have a job to do regardless of what those distractions are. Obviously, this hasn't been fun. it's not easy. it's not something I enjoy. Regardless, i have a job to do and I do my best to do that job every day."

 

 

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