MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Ryan Braun's former business partner is speaking for the first time since ending his partnership with the Brewers outfielder.
Omar Shaikh started 8-Twelve and Graffito with Braun.
He says the slugger was like family.
Shaikh said he believed Braun's initial denial of using performance enhancing drugs.
"I pretty much found out when he accepted the suspension. So it was a shock to me and I was disappointed to say the least, but you know Ryan and I have talked quite a bit since and I think it's important to know I've forgiven him and I think it's the first step in the healing process here and he's working really hard to regain my trust," said Shaikh.
He said Braun's suspension didn't help business, but sales at 8-Twelve stayed strong.
It's a different story for Graffito, which is closing at the end of the year.
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