Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun made his first public comments since it was reported he is facing a 50 game suspension for a failed drug test.
Braun accepted his 2011 National League MVP Award at the awards dinner of the Baseball Writers Association of America in New York City.
It was reported in December that Braun tested positive for increased testosterone during the playoffs in October, and faces a 50 game ban. Per the league's Collective Barganing Agreement, the results and suspension are not supposed to be made public until the appeal process is complete. Braun reportedly pleaded his case to a 3-person panel Thursday and Friday in New York.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who was in attendance at the dinner, Braun said the following regarding his situation during his acceptance speech:
"I've chosen in life to view every challenge I've ever faced as an opportunity and this will be no different. I've always believed that a person's character is revealed through the way they deal with those moments of adversity.
"I've always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball. Everything I've done in my career has been done with that in mind. I want to take a moment to thank the players association for supporting me throughout my career and especially for supporting me throughout my career and especially for supporting me through the last couple months."