Braun hammered with PED questions while speaking at food drive

Embattled Brewers slugger Ryan Braun spoke Wednesday for the first time publicly since being suspended for the remainder (65 games) of the 2013 season, saying that he is "deeply remorseful" and continually expressing sorrow about the situation.

Braun was in Milwaukee Wednesday to help the Hunger Task Force (via CBS58) collect food for needy families for this holiday season. During this collection, Braun took some time to answer questions about his situation.

He wouldn't, however, answer specific questions about why he "lied about PED use" or other specific accusations. He instead just focused on broadly saying things like, "I regret it all."

Here's the footage of the interview:

A major disclosure in the interview came when Braun said that he and his fiancee had dinner with Dino Lauranzi and his family Tuesday night. One might recall that Lauranzi is the sample collector who Braun initially successfully argued that Lauranzi had improperly handled his sample for drug testing and that's what caused the spike in testosterone levels.

Braun noted the two families have "made amends" and have put the situation behind them.

As for the press conference in spring training when Braun spoke out about his innocence, he did say he wishes he had never done that press conference and regrets having done so.

He does, however, believe things can turn around.

"I think a positive can arise from any situation," Braun said.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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