Sign-stealing paranoia and bitterness have taken hold far and wide across Major League Baseball after the Houston Astros were caught red-handed. Rumors have subsequently surfaced about several teams possibly doing the same, and the Milwaukee Brewers have been one of those teams. Right on cue, Ryan Braun took it upon himself to shut down any such rumors.
This is a bizarre MLB offseason in which fan-centric events are instead filled with players resigned to speaking about sign-stealing with members of the media. It is tough to take every denial at face value, however. It's not like any player would throw his own team under the bus regardless of whether or not he had any specific knowledge of cheating.
It must been mentioned, of course, that Braun has his own checkered past with PED use, which surely chisels away at his credibility in the eyes of a number of critics.
To be chartiable toward Braun, the focus here is specifically on sign-stealing. He wanted to make clear that this is not something that happens in Milwaukee. Whether fans believe him or not is up to them.
In the meantime, don't expect these questions to subside any time soon.