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July 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season

Ryan Braun today became the first player suspended in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal. Braun was handed a 65-game suspension that will effectively end his season. Photo Credit: AP

Ryan Braun today became the first player suspended in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal. Braun was handed a 65-game suspension that will effectively end his season. Photo Credit: AP

Coming on the heels of the good news about Brad Miller, we have the type of stuff MLB wishes it did not have to put out there. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the season, today getting handed down a 65-game suspension by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the sport’s basic agreement and joint drug policy and prevention program.

Braun issued this statement: “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

“This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country.

“Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

While the apology is better than the usual tap-dancing and appeals we’re used to seeing when athletes typically get caught with some PED test or another, it comes a bit late.

Braun, you’ll remember, tested positive for PED use in 2012, right around the time he was named the NL Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season. MLB tried to suspend Braun but he appealed and was let off because of procedural errors that occured during the collection of his sample.

Afterwards, Braun attacked everyone from the sample collector who took his urine, to the media, to MLB, etc. etc., playing the role of the victimized guy whose rights were abused. So, he owes apologies to a few people in particular and some other folks in a more general sense.

And while it looks like he’s graciously accepting his suspension for now, part of me wonders what might have happened — or if he’d have appealed — had the Brewers shown any signs of going to the playoffs this season.

Anyhow, we can all get back to watching to see what will happen to Alex Rodriguez in coming days now that this first salvo has been fired by ML in the Biogenisis scandal fallout.

Don’t forget, Mariners DH Jesus Montero has also been linked to Biogenesis by various news reports.

 

 

 

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