Milwaukee Brewers maligned slugger Ryan Braun plans to set the record straight regarding his link to performance-enhancing drugs.
According to his friends, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, said Braun is expected to make a public announcement soon, which he plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs in parts of the 2011 season, as well as the reason for doing so.
Braun will also allegedly issue an apology to everyone from Commissioner Bud Selig to urine collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. to his teammates and fellow players for lying and deceiving.
One of the motives for Braun's confession is said to be in an effort to distance himself from embattled New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has come under intense heat over the last few weeks in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal. Naturally, he has become public enemy number one for majority of baseball fans.
On Friday, ESPN broke a story alleging that Braun used PEDs while attending the University of Miami (FL), citing a former friend of Braun's, who is suing the former MVP for defamation. The suit also alleges that Braun committed academic fraud and took money from Hurricanes boosters.
The friend, 29-year-old law student Ralph Sasson, said that he helped Braun win his successful appeal of his positive test for testosterone in 2011. He performed a background check on Laurenzi, the man who handled Braun's urine sample, and was supposed to be paid $5,000 by Braun's agent. Sasson threatened a lawsuit when he didn't receive his money, and only recovered the money when he agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement, an agreement which was violated when Braun allegedly made defamatory statements about him to undisclosed parties.
Braun's attorney has adamantly denied the merit of the suit.
A public admission and an apology from Braun should go a long way in recovering his tarnished reputation. But it's going to take some time for fans to forgive.