Ryan Braun's treatment of Dino Laurenzi, the collector, is inexcusable.
Yes, Braun cheated and lied about his use of PEDs. That's terrible.
However, I think the crap he allegedly spread about Laurenzi is possibly a worse offense.
It's being reported that Braun falsely trashed this man's character even more than we knew.
From Yahoo Sports:
Suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun told stars around baseball before spring training 2012 that the man who collected his urine that tested positive for synthetic testosterone was anti-Semitic and a Chicago Cubs fan in an effort to gather support throughout the game, three sources familiar with the conversations told Yahoo! Sports.How could Braun live with himself, knowing what he did to Laurenzi? How could he sleep at night?
Braun sought backing from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whom he had beaten out for the National League MVP months earlier, along with Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, among others, sources said. He reached out to peers in hopes they would publicly stick up for him following an expected suspension.
...A number of players with whom Braun spoke, including Brewers teammates, believed the allegations. A source close to Dino Laurenzi Jr., the test collector, said the anti-Semitism allegation is untrue; his fan allegiance is unclear. It added to the backlash against Braun inside the Milwaukee clubhouse as well as outside following his recent 65-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Kemp told reporters people in the game felt “betrayed” and that he was “disappointed.”
It's going to be difficult for me to get over this episode if Braun did charge Laurenzi with being an anti-Semite to garner support and convince others that he had been victimized.
Braun was spinning this web of lies while raking in millions of dollars, while having no qualms about destroying Laurenzi's good name.
If Braun does go before the media to comment on the scandal and presumbly apologize, I can't imagine believing he's sincere.
Why believe him?