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Braun expresses remorse about lying

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun reiterated his regret for lying about using performance enhancing drugs that resulted in a 65-game suspension last season from Major League Baseball.

Braun spoke to the media on Wednesday morning after taking food donations near Miller Park and again offered an apology for his actions.

"I'm deeply remorseful about what happened," he told reporters. "I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can't do that.

"All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples' trust and respect and support. I don't anticipate being able to earn back everybody's support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won't stop trying."

Braun is planning to return for the 2014 season and thinks he will be able to play at the same level that won him the National League MVP award in 2011.

"Yeah, I think I will be better," he said. "I should be better."

Braun was mostly evasive while fielding questions from reporters, repeatedly saying he would not go into specifics. He addressed a number of topics.

On contacting Bud Selig: "I did. I wrote Bud a letter. But other than that, I'm not really going to get into too many specifics."

On the news conference in 2012 when he professed his innocence after a positive drug test that he appealed and won: "I'm not really, again, going to get into too many specifics. I wish that I hadn't done the press conference. It was a big mistake. I deeply regret having done it, and a lot of the things that I said that day. But again, all I can do is move forward, and in an effort to do that I'm not going to get into too many specifics. I really don't think that it does anything too positive or productive for me, the team, the game of baseball or anybody else. And in an effort to move forward, I'm not going to discuss that subject."

On fans' reaction when he returns next season: "Everywhere I've been, people have been incredibly supportive and I've been incredibly appreciative of that. I don't really know what to expect, but everybody has been extremely supportive and I really appreciate that."

On waiting to speak in public after he was suspended during the 2013 season: "I think because it was an ongoing investigation I wasn't allowed to say very much at that time. Basically based on what I had learned from both Major League Baseball and the Players Association, it wasn't in anybody's best interest for me to make any statements at that time."

On the reaction from other players and on his friendship with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: "I actually haven't really read, paid attention or watched anything. But I understand people being disappointed, people being upset and people reacting emotionally. I don't fault anybody for being upset. I don't know specifically what many people said, but I don't fault anybody for being upset or disappointed. ... "I'm not going to get into our specific relationship other than to say that (Rodgers) had been a great friend of mine for a long time. He's a great person, and I hope he gets back on the field soon so he can help those guys win."

On support from the team: "The Brewers have been incredibly supportive, the entire organization. My teammates, everyone has been incredibly supportive. ... I fully intend to do everything in my power to be the best player and person that I can be moving forward."

On his biggest regret: "Obviously, the whole thing is a huge regret. It was a huge mistake. I wish that I hadn't done it. I wish I could go back and do a lot of things different. I don't think I could specifically pinpoint one thing that I regret more than anything else, I regret all of it. I wish I could go back and change it, but I can't do that."

On his reputation: "I don't think about those things, I really don't. I'm getting married here soon. My focus is on that and doing everything that I can to come back next year to be the best player I can be."

On a possible trade: "Absolutely I want to stay here. I made the long-term commitment because the city has been amazing to me, the fans have been amazing to me, the organization has been incredibly supportive of me, and I fully intend to stay here. Obviously, it's flattering that people would be interested. I actually had dinner with (general manager) Doug Melvin, Ron and Mark Attanasio this week. I've seen Mark a lot, and I don't think there's any truth to those rumors. My goal and attention is to say here."

On the suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez: "I try to stay away from all of that stuff. I don't really know the specifics of what's going on with him so I don't think it's fair to comment on the situation."

On future accusations of using PEDs: "I focus on the things I can control. I'm going to continue to try to be the best person I can be, the best player I can be. I fully intend to be at least as good as I've been to this point in my career."
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