Braun says he will talk about ban when legally allowed

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun released a statement through the team’s media relations staff Thursday, responding to the inquiries as to whether he will speak publicly to discuss his 65-game suspension.

“See (Brewers owner) Mark (Attanasio’s) comments or reference what he said,” Braun said. “When I am able to, I will speak.

I “know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and still am not, legally allowed to say anything yet.”

Braun was referring to comments made by Attanasio when he addressed reporters Wednesday in the Miller Park press box. According to Attanasio, Braun will wait to speak until a later date.

“I think he has to get to the point where he can actually speak about this,” Attanasio said. “Major League Baseball is in the midst of an ongoing investigation. He is obviously now cooperating with baseball and as a result of that, he is going to wait to speak until a point where he’s able to speak.

“He is cooperating in such a way that he is going to let them conclude or get further into the investigation until he talks.”

Attanasio continued by clarifying this doesn’t mean Braun is cooperating with investigators against other players in the Biogenesis case, but simply letting Major League Baseball finish before he speaks.

It is unknown whether Braun and Major League Baseball agreed to have the five-time All-Star and former National League MVP stay silent for now or if the decision is his own.

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