I don't know what to tell you, Milwaukee Brewers fans. I honestly don't. After the suspension came down from MLB, and Ryan Braun was done for the rest of the 2013 season, I immediately wanted to gauge the fan reaction.
The twitterverse blew up. Facebook exploded. And the reaction? Mixed. Some were angry. Others disappointed. Many were in shock. I can’t tell you how to feel. You need to do that.
Is Braun a cheater? Yep. Is he a liar? Yep. Do you care? I don’t know. Will you give him a 2nd chance? Not sure. How about on opening day in 2014? We live in a pretty forgiving society so I’m going to guess that MOST Brewers fans will eventually look past this and Braun will be in the good graces of Milwaukee. Notice that I said MOST. Not all of you will…and you know what? You have every right to.
We ALL were in shock in December, 2011 when we heard the news. Most of us thought Braun was telling the truth during his spring training speech in 2012 and we rooted for him to match his 2011 just to say to the haters, “see? We told ya so”. Many still believed him when the news was slipping out during super bowl week this year. And now, it’s official. Ryan Braun is a cheater. Ryan Braun is a liar. Should you forgive Ryan Braun? I can’t make that decision for you.