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Ryan Braun: ‘I don’t know if I could ever apologize enough’ for taking steroids

01.27.14 at 9:04 am ET
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As Ryan Braun was asked his first question during a “Hollywood Squares” style game show at a Brewers fan event Sunday, a heckler questioned hi€™s integrity.

“You know he’€™s lying,” someone in the audience said.

In his first public appearance since he admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs in July, an action that left his pleas of innocence far in the past, Braun ignored the interjection before referencing it in his next turn.

“As a fan so graciously pointed out, I’€™ve gotten in trouble in the past for not being completely forthcoming,” Braun said.

For Braun, this offseason was about apologizing to fans and teammates after serving a 65-game suspension last season for his violation of Major League Baseball’€™s anti-drug agreement. During the event at a downtown Milwaukee convention center, Braun spoke about his efforts to make amends.

“I don’€™t know if I could ever apologize enough for what’€™s occurred, you know? I just continue to move forward and obviously I’€™ll be apologetic,” Braun said to reporters before the event.

“I wish I could go back and do things differently, but I can’€™t. All I can do is move forward and make the best of the opportunities presented to me.”

While he spoke openly about his own suspension, Braun declined to comment on Alex Rodriguez‘€™s 162-game suspension, saying he “hasn’t really paid close attention to [Rodriguez’s] situation.”

Since July, Braun has spoken with teammates and management while participating in at least one low-key charity event. The outfielder also said he believes he called every suite and season ticket holder.

“I’€™ve always taken tremendous pride in being a role model. I made a huge mistake. I’€™ve paid a great price for that mistake,” Braun said. “I deeply regret it. I wish I could change it.”

Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged the importance of Braun rebuilding his relationship with the Milwaukee fan base and community, but also said that it could not “happen overnight.”

“He’€™s served the penalty Major League Baseball has come up with, and hopefully that’€™s beyond what we need to address now,” Roenicke said.

Despite his actions last summer, a number of fans still wore No. 8 Braun jerseys at the event.

Braun, who will make the move from left to right this season, also played in limited games last year because of a thumb injury. In 61 games during 2013, he had career-low numbers, hitting .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs.

Braun, who said his thumb feels good, was not concerned about last season’€™s low production.

“No, I think I’€™ll be better than I’€™ve ever been,” Braun said. “Very confident in that.”

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