Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Bruan recently issued an apology statement for his use of performance enhancing drugs (P.E.D.s). He acknowledged and apologized for his denial of P.E.D. use, and his conduct through the ordeal, including inflammatory statements about the urine sample collector and the Major League Baseball Drug Program. It was received as well as any written, prepared apology could be. It's a first step, but nothing that was broken has been fixed.
Braun is the latest in a long line of once-loved star athletes who ran afoul of public opinion. The trend has spiked sharply upward this past summer, with the drama of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's P.E.D. investigation discipline and the murder indictment brought against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Today's retweet, by Gucci Bane La Flare (@BoyNamedTawanda), is a clever play on words regarding this trend:
"Aaron Hernandez Ryan Braun A-Rod OJ and Barry Bonds gotta dress like pimps and spoof the “playa haters ball” with the “hated players ball”"
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