Thursday, Ryan Braun found out that his appeal of a potential suspension was successful. Friday, Braun reported to Brewers camp and then held a press conference where he finally got to address everything that's happened in front of the media. Tom Haudricourt more or less provides a transcript, and if you have a little time, it's worth reading through. Some people might find Braun's words more convincing than others, but I don't think anybody could find Braun's words unconvincing.
"I've always stood up for what is right," he said. "Today is about everybody who's been wrongly accused, and everybody who has had to stand up for what is actually right. Today isn't about me, it isn't about one player. It's about all players. It's about all current players, all future players and everybody who plays the game of baseball."
"We won because the truth is on my side. The truth is always relevant and at the end of the day the truth prevailed. I am a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed in the way it was applied to me in this case... We're a part of a process in which you're 100% guilty until proven innocent. It's the opposite of the American judicial system."
We haven't heard the last of this situation. I think that much is for sure. Major League Baseball is upset, and it's considering whether or not it should pursue further legal action. But few players could have delivered as powerful and effective an address as Braun did Friday. Braun will never be able to have people forget about this episode entirely, but damned if he won't do everything he can to restore his shiny image.