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Zack Greinke on Ryan Braun: ‘The closer you were to him, the more he would use you’

Mark Townsend
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Only five days have passed since Major League Baseball announced Ryan Braun's 65-game suspension following their investigation into his connection with the Biogenesis clinic in Florida, yet it seems like every player in the league has already commented publicly on the matter.

Well, aside from Braun himself, but he's unable to do so legally for the time being.

With that in mind, we can now add former Milwaukee Brewers teammate Zack Greinke's two cents to the mix. Greinke was actually a teammate with Braun in 2011 when he originally tested positive for PEDs, but was later cleared. Braun went on the offensive and defensive with his comments following his appeal, and looking back Greinke doesn't appreciate the lies. I think It's safe to say Greinke got his money's worth, because they might be the strongest yet that we've heard from another player within the game.

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

"The main thing is, yeah, he lied to us," Greinke said. "He forced us to lie for him, threw people under the bus in order to help himself out and didn't care, blamed others for his mistakes and it’s just a lot of things you don’t expect from people."

When asked if he believed Braun, Greinke responded.

"Oh, yeah, 100% believed him. Everything was so convincing. He had people to blame. He seemed like a really good guy. He was a good teammate at the time. You don’t know the guys that he was pinning it on. I'm not positive, but I think everyone 100% believed him at the time. Especially the next year, he looked just as good as the year before. His numbers his whole career, Hall of Fame numbers. How could you not believe him? He was so convincing."

"Not even talking about the player. It’s just the person. Just the fact that he was willing to use anyone that got in his path. The closer you were to him, the more he would use you. It's just disappointing that a human being could be like that."

I know Greinke has a tendency to rub people in the wrong way, but I respect him for taking his time to collect his thoughts and sharing them. It's not easy for him to speak publicly under any circumstances, so going to bat for Braun almost two years ago was obviously important to him. Also knowing that, I believe it makes his comments on Friday even stronger. He obviously feels betrayed and used by Braun directly, which is painful enough, but he made it clear that it's just as much about the other people Braun mistreated than it is about Greinke.

That's a long list, by the way. And we may only know the half of it.

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