Ryan Braun finally admits drug use in 2011

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During a news conference the following day on the field at Milwaukee’s spring training stadium in Phoenix, Braun proclaimed he had been vindicated and questioned Laurenzi’s methods. A week later Bruan’s lawyer criticized Laurenzi when the collector defended himself.

“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 _ the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.”

After he accepted his suspension on July 22 _ 50 games for the drug infraction and 15 games for his conduct at the time of the grievance _ Braun was heavily criticized by players around the major leagues.

“I thought this whole thing has been despicable on his part,” Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer said. “When he did get caught, he never came clean. He tried to question the ability of the collector when he was caught red-handed. So that’s why the whole Braun situation, there is so much player outrage toward him.”

But on Thursday, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it’s time to get past this.

“To me, it doesn’t really matter what they say. Let’s lay down the penalties and move on,” he said. “I hope they continue to catch them.”

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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