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Profile in Douchebaggery: Ryan Braun refers to himself as an ‘artist’

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers tarnished superstar Ryan Braun has a lot of work in front of him as he attempts to rebuild a positive public image in light of his 65-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Braun undoubtedly will hear it from fans in opposing stadiums and be subjected to a vitriolic outpouring of taunts, boos and catcalls, something he admits he has to just deal with and accept.

“Dude, say what you want about me, but I am strong,” Braun told USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale. “Mentally, and emotionally, I am strong.

“This doesn’t bother me. People may have something new to yell now, but it’s really no different than anything I’ve gone though. I’ve never gone to Chicago and had them cheer for me. I’ve never gone to St. Louis and had them say, “I hope you do great.’ Nobody’s fans have ever cheered for the opposing team’s best player.

“I’m sure it will be a bit adventuresome at times this year, but if anything, it’s probably better now. Normally, you go to Philly and Chicago, and they’re talking about your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, whatever. So, now, it will be just about me.”

Fair enough and truly, what else can Braun expect? As he adroitly points out, he is after all the Brewers’ best player, so he’s used to being the focus of negative attention when playing games on the road.

But Braun hurls himself into true douchebag territory mode when discussing how he views himself and approaches his craft.

“I’m one of the league leaders in confidence,” Braun said. “If I perform like I’ve always done, I’ll be one of the best players in this game. I don’t need any added motivation of drama at work.

“I’ll just let my work speak for itself, as every artist should.”

League leader in confidence? More like league leader in douchebaggery.

And yeah, artist. The field is his canvas, the bat, his brush. And the ball? His paint. Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso? Add Braun. His name belongs right in there among men of that caliber. Or in any other group of artists in any other medium. The nerve of that guy.

Braun better ease up on the self-congratulatory and self-serving comments if he truly wants to resurrect his tainted image.