The video above is from May, before Ryan Braun's baseball world fully collapsed. He was out in a star-of-the-city capacity, helping the Milwaukee Brewers build homes with Habitat for Humanity in May of this year.
We all know what happened not too long after that — Braun accepted his suspension from Major League Baseball related to the Biogenesis scandal, and has since been trying to get back in the good graces of fans and, apparently, humanity as a whole.
Now, the New York Daily News has a new photo of Braun spending part of his weekend helping build homes for veterans through Habitat for Humanity. And on the first weekend of the NFL season no less. He's joined by his mother, as they help on a project in Sylmar, Calif.
But to be fair to Braun, he's been helpful to Habitat for Humanity in the past — and not just earlier this year. In 2008, Braun gave his $10,000 Rookie of the Year bonus to Habitat for Humanity. Specifically, after helping with a project in the L.A. area.
No matter whether you think Braun is an opportunist or he's a guy trying to do some good, you have to give him credit for at least doing something productive for society at large during his commissioner-mandated time away from MLB.