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Ryan Braun in 2012: 'The truth is on my side' [Video]

July 23, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech.

There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy.

But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?

And what about when he calls himself a "victim" and makes comments such as these:

"I tried to handle the entire situation with honor, with integrity, with class, with dignity and with professionalism because that's who I am and that's how I've always lived my life...."

"We won because the truth is on my side, the truth is always relevant and at the end of the day, the truth prevailed...."

"I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body...."

"Today is about everybody who has ever been wrongly accused and everybody who's ever had to stand up for what is actually right."

Let us know what you think about those comments -- and the many others like them -- now.

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