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Except: I do understand what it's really about for people who want him to apologize. He is a successful person and has a good life, and people are jealous of that.
So now the people like Andy and SBB who think Braun is a big fat cheater don't care whether he apologizes. Okay.
This man was my least favorite figure in the entire Bush administration. A shallow, snotty, obnoxious #######.
r redemption is a very powerful narrative and part of the human experience...
Except: I do understand what it's really about for people who want him to apologize.
America worships the rich; they only get upset when someone's seen as "cheating."
And while I don't get much out of a perfunctory apology, I think the theory is he is apologizing to the fans who either a) believed in him and are disappointed
It is not rational or mature - in fact, it's pretty pathetic - to "believe" that a player you don't know didn't use steroids. At least kids who believe this have the excuse of being kids. What excuse do adults have?
Also worth noting that Brooks was called a coward to his face by another senator in the wake of the whole affair. Brooks challenged the guy to a duel and then chickened out when the challenge was accepted.
The official telegram announcing his death stated "He died a horrid death, and suffered intensely."
And the evidence that a person is "cheating" is that the person is rich.
It is not rational or mature - in fact, it's pretty pathetic - to "believe" that a player you don't know (e.g., Braun before he was caught, or Jeter, or Rivera, or Pujols) didn't use steroids.
"I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended. I have no one to blame but myself,'' Braun said in a statement released by the Brewers.
"My family, my teammates, the Brewers organization, my friends, agents, and advisors had no knowledge of these facts, and no one should be blamed but me. Those who put their necks out for me have been embarrassed by my behavior. I don't have the words to express how sorry I am for that.''
Braun said he took an unspecified cream and lozenge in 2011 in his attempts to come back from an injury. He called it a "huge mistake'' for which he is "deeply ashamed.''
Braun also apologized personally to Dino Laurenzi Jr., the sample collector who was in charge of the test that Braun successfully appealed in a grievance prior to spring training in 2012.
"At that time, I still didn't want to believe that I had used a banned substance,'' Braun said in his statement. "I think a combination of feeling self righteous and having a lot of unjustified anger led me to react the way I did. I felt wronged and attacked, but looking back now, I was the one who was wrong. I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this."
"I feel terrible that I put my teammates in a position where they were asked some very difficult and uncomfortable questions."
I have never understood this complaint.
What is behind this idiotic complaint? It makes no sense.
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