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Ryan Braun issued a public apology Thursday for his connection to performance-enhancing drugs. A look at the path of contrition others before him chose:

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STATEMENT: Braun's apologizing for doping

Who apologized: Jason Giambi

What prompted it: The San Francisco Chronicle reported in December 2004 that Giambi had told a grand jury investigating the BALCO case that he used steroids and human growth hormone.

The mea culpa: In a news conference before the 2005 season, the New York Yankees first baseman made an apology without specifying what he was apologizing for. Two years later, he told USA TODAY, "I was wrong for doing that stuff,'' and said all of baseball should say it was sorry for the steroid mess.

Aftermath: Giambi played four more seasons with the Yankees, hitting at least 32 homers in three of them, and is currently in his 19th year in the majors, now as a DH with the Cleveland Indians. The Colorado Rockies interviewed him for their managerial opening last offseason. Asked Sunday whether coming clean had helped him, Giambi smiled and said, "I'm still playing.''

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BRAUN: Apologizes, says he 'lived in denial'

Who apologized: Andy Pettitte

What prompted it: Days after signing a free-agent contract to stay with the Yankees, Pettitte was named in the Mitchell Report, which came out in December 2007. The report said trainer Brian McNamee, claimed to have injected Pettitte with human growth hormone 2-4 times.

The mea culpa: Pettitte issued a statement saying he only used HGH twice when he was trying to recover from an elbow injury in 2002, not as a way to improve his performance. The statement painted Pettitte as a committed teammate desperate to heal and help his ballclub.

Aftermath: Pettitte's reputation for upstanding character during 13 seasons in the majors, served him well. He was welcomed back to New York when he came out of retirement in 2012, though his HGH episode may not bode well for his Hall of Fame chances.

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Who apologized: Brian Roberts

What prompted it: The Mitchell Report accused the Baltimore Orioles second baseman of using steroids "once or twice'' in 2003, based on information from former teammate Larry Bigbie.

The mea culpa: Roberts said in a statement, "I took one shot of steroids,'' and called it, "a terrible decision.'' He said he hadn't used PEDS before or since.

Aftermath: Roberts, the Orioles' longest-tenured player with 13 years, had two more highly productive seasons after his admission. His career has been derailed by injuries the last four years.

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