Attanasio talks about Braun scandal

CREATED Jul 25, 2013

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  • File Photo | Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio shakes hands with Ryan Braun in April 2011 after announcing Braun’s $105 million contract extension. Image by Benny Sieu

MILWAUKEE - Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio is speaking publicly about the Ryan Braun scandal for the first time since Braun agreed to a suspension for the rest of the season.

"The community had been trusting and has had that trust betrayed," Attanasio said during Wednesday night's game.

The Brewers' owner says he knows Braun won't easily earn the trust back, certainly not by the beginning of the next season.  But he thinks Braun's apology moves him in the right direction.  "That is a first step and it's a baby step.  But it's a step in the right direction," Attanasio said.

As for why Braun is out of sight right now, Attanasio says it has to do with the MLB investigation.  "Major League baseball is in the midst of an ongoing investigation, he's now cooperating with baseball," Attanasio said.  At some point, when the investigation is further along, Attanasio believes Braun will say more publicly.

Attanasio admits, he doesn't even know the full scope of the Braun story.  "I don't even myself have all the details here of what he's going to say or what actually happened."

Attanasio says there will be good times again in Milwaukee.  He points out there are still great players on the team.  Although he admits, Braun was the best.