Zack Greinke speaks on Ryan Braun
After staying quiet for a few days Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finally let the world know what he thought about former Milwaukee Brewers teammate Ryan Braun. Greinke took a few days to gather his thoughts so he could make the appropriate response and also because he was simply nervous talking about it.
“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.” (LA Times)
Greinke said he believed Braun when Braun said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
“Oh, yeah, 100% believed him,” Greinke said. “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.”(LA Times)
At the tail end of the interview Greinke said something that I’m sure everyone close to Braun feels right now.
Asked whether his opinion on Braun as a player changed, Greinke replied, “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.”(LA Times)
Braun is going to have a lot of work to do to repair relationships as it sounds like he’s burned a lot of bridges. There are a lot of people that are really hurt by his actions and the worst thing is, he still hasn’t issued an apology. That in itself makes everything that much worse.
The fact that even to this day he hasn’t had a real apology is really upsetting to me,” Greinke said. “I thought about it a bunch. He still hasn’t really apologized.””(LA Times)
In other Braun news the Brewers are putting his salary to good use as fans eat FREE in August.