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Brewers teammates likely to welcome back Ryan Braun

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10:27 AM ET 08.24 | Jonathan Lucroy, one of Ryan Braun's closest friends on the Milwaukee Brewers, and John Axford, the team's player rep with the Players Association, both believe the suspended leftfielder will be on good terms with his teammates when he returns from suspension in 2014. Lucroy, who was one Braun's most vocal supporters as his ill-fated saga played out through the 2012 season, was one of a select group of Brewers who Braun called last week to apologize to in person. It was Lucroy and others who were left holding the bag essentially on July 22, when Braun accepted his season-ending suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He addressed his teammates briefly that afternoon before leaving Miller Park. Braun's statement, which was released on Thursday evening, was the first thing many have heard directly from the embattled leftfielder since. Conciliatory and apologetic in nature yet still lacking some key details, the statement was a good start according to Lucroy. "I accept it as a teammate," he said. "It's a first step for him. Obviously there?'s a lot of people out there that are pretty upset about the whole deal, which is understandable. But you've got to understand that people make mistakes, nobody's perfect and we've got to live with the consequences of our actions. "I think as a team we're going to welcome him back in the spring and hopefully try to get all this stuff behind us and start a new year and turn over a new leaf, really." Axford, who also spoke to Braun personally last week, agreed with Lucroy's belief that Braun will again be able to be an accepted part of the Brewers' clubhouse.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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August 24, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Once a liar, always a liar!!! If I were a teammate of Braun, I would never trust the man again!!!!

August 24, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Why would you welcome back this POS?

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August 24, 2013  11:55 AM ET

Sure the will accept him back. But only a fool would believe he told the truth and nothing but the truth in his attorney prepared statement that allowed no questions after given.

August 24, 2013  01:51 PM ET

Sure they'll acccept him back. I'm sure most would rather he be traded.

August 24, 2013  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Once a liar, always a liar!!! If I were a teammate of Braun, I would never trust the man again!!!!

+++++1

August 24, 2013  02:03 PM ET

As a player, I don't have much choice about him coming back to play, but---I have a lot of choices about who I hang with, sit next to, and speak with, and Braun wouldn't be one of my choices.

August 24, 2013  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sure the will accept him back. But only a fool would believe he told the truth and nothing but the truth in his attorney prepared statement that allowed no questions after given.

Right on. Guy didn't even have the nads to face up when apologizing. Same guy who called a LeBron -like presser on the mound of a stadium to lie in everyone's face has a lawyer issue a statement.

Guy is a waste product. Slimy in the same way A-Fraud, Palmeiro and all the cheats that have sworn innocence until caught.

August 24, 2013  04:19 PM ET

Of course they'll welcome him back! Half of them are probably thinking "there but for the Grace of God go I." I wouldn't want him in my clubhouse, though. He's a two-time loser: a cheater, and a liar. I'd never trust him.

August 24, 2013  08:10 PM ET

At least Braun only used PEDs briefly to recover from injury. So, he's really just a normal, down to earth guy.

August 24, 2013  10:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

At least Braun only used PEDs briefly to recover from injury. So, he's really just a normal, down to earth guy.

Wow...were you able to keep a straight face as you typed that?
You sound like the sort of guy who believes his teenage daughter when she tells him the reason her dress is on backwards is because she had to take it off to change a flat tire and didn't want to get it dirty and she couldn't see in the dark when she put it back on.

PT Barnum was right.

August 24, 2013  10:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Wow...were you able to keep a straight face as you typed that?You sound like the sort of guy who believes his teenage daughter when she tells him the reason her dress is on backwards is because she had to take it off to change a flat tire and didn't want to get it dirty and she couldn't see in the dark when she put it back on.PT Barnum was right.

Maybe I should've written 'sarcasm throughout' after for readers such as yourself.

August 24, 2013  10:43 PM ET

Good luck to you, Joe Mammy.

August 24, 2013  10:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Maybe I should've written 'sarcasm throughout' after for readers such as yourself.

I figured the italics signified sarcasm to come.


Oh...and I'm sorry about your daughter's dress. It was like dark and stuff.

August 24, 2013  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I figured the italics signified sarcasm to come.Oh...and I'm sorry about your daughter's dress. It was like dark and stuff.

haha

Damn.

 
August 25, 2013  10:36 AM ET

After he comes back will the Brewers ownership group get the home run hitter and RBI producing player they have investing millions in or just an average player? I think after players get caught using PED's the clubs should have the option of renegotiation their contacts.

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