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John Mercure: Mercurey Rising

What Ryan Braun Needs to Do

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Ryan Braun has so unequivocally blown it that I don’t know if he can ever recover.

I would be sickened and heartbroken if he had cheated.  It would be sad.  I would be disappointed.  I would be extremely disappointed.

What Braun did left me angry.  I raced right past disappointed and landed on irate.  It took me about three seconds to get there.  It may take me three decades to get past it.

 I thought I had begun to move on.  Then we decided to discuss the topic yesterday on Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.  I threw open the phone lines and they exploded.  The question I asked was, “What does Ryan Braun need to say or do to begin the road to redemption?”  I was surprised that just about every single person said there was nothing that Braun could do.  Most of them said they didn’t want to even hear what he had to say.

I can’t agree with that.  I do want to hear what he has to say.  I feel like I need to hear what he has to say.  I don’t know if I’ll believe a single word of it, but I still need to hear him say it.  I want to see him feel the pain that he caused so many others.

What do I need to hear him say?  I’m not even sure.  I guess I agree with our listeners.  I’m not sure there is anything he can say that will change my mind or soften my stance.

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