Braun Speaks Publicly on Suspension

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Braun Speaks Publicly on Suspension

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM CST

Milwaukee, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since he agreed to a 65-game suspension in the middle of this past season, saying he "won't" stop trying to win back the trust of his family, friends, and fans.

Braun did not offer any new details on the suspension, which was handed down this past July for a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy, focusing instead on trying to repair his image with the Milwaukee community.

"I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently," he said. "Unfortunately, I can't do that. All I can do is move on, try to do everything in my power to earn people's trust and respect and support. I don't anticipate winning back everybody's support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that.

Braun did touch briefly on the subject of Dino Laurenzi Jr., the urine sample collector whom Braun publicly criticized following a successful appeal of a 50-game suspension that was handed down in 2012.

"We've made amends," Braun said, "and I think we're both excited to be able to move forward and put this behind us."

The outfielder and 2012 National League MVP will be eligible to return to the team at the start of spring training in February, but he said Wednesday that he expects a long road ahead to regaining the trust of the organization, his teammates, and the fans.

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