Brewers manager brings up most-asked question about Braun suspension 'Why?'
Ryan Braun. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - The manager of the Milwaukee Brewers understands the question that much of Brewers Nation is asking about the suspension of Ryan Braun.
"I think people want to know why," Ron Roenicke told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
Most fans are asking that with the context of "Why did he do it? Why did he lie about it?"
For Roenicke, though, the "why" also has to do with seemingly vague words that Braun to the public through a statement sent out by Major League Baseball.
"There's a lot of speculation as to what this is all about. A lot of what I hear on the news, 'This has to do with what happened about a couple years ago.' I don't know that," said Roenicke.
"I don't know what it's about and what he's apologizing for. It's a pretty vague statement about making mistakes. That's the hard part about it, because everybody's guessing now."
Roenicke said that when Braun came into the locker room Monday afternoon, he went through the hard process of telling his manager and his teammates.
"He came in when he first got there and asked to talk to me, and told me what was going on...that that he wanted to talk to the team...Anything that comes up with players, especially something like this, they want to make sure their teammates have an idea what's going on."
Roenicke says that even with the vagaries of his public statement Tuesday, he hopes the 19 months of speculation and rumors can finally end and his team can move on.
"I think at the end of the season, this will be over, then it will be back to normal with him coming in. Hopefully, there won't be anything else going on...and he can get back to doing the thing he's been doing," said Roenicke.
"It's been hard on his family, on his teammates. Now, we'll move on, get this thing right and we won't have to deal with this anymore."