Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Suspended Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun has been calling Milwaukee Brewers season-ticket holders individually to apologize for his use performance-enhancing drugs.
He had already made a public apology for his transgression.
“He was very humble on the phone,” Milwaukee bar owner and Brewers season-ticket holder Pat Guenther said after his conversation with Braun.
“He said, I messed up, in a nutshell, I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I’m sorry,” Guenther said. “I cut him off right there. I said you know Ryan, I think you’re an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small-business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.”
Guenther and Wes Aldridge, another season-ticket holder on the receiving end of one of Braun’s calls, thought it was a joke at first. But the Brewers have confirmed that it is the 2011 National League MVP making the calls and that it was his idea to do so.
Aldridge asked Braun why he used the PEDs. Braun told him he was talked into it by a friend and he regrets it.
Brewers executive Rick Schlesinger told WTMJ radio that most fans have been receptive to Braun’s apology.