Major League Baseball will suspend Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season with no pay (around $3MM) for 65 games starting today. This is the first major suspension resulting from the infamous Biogenesis clinic scandal that leaked earlier this year. The Major League Baseball Players Association recently reported that no player would be suspended until after the season as each case has to go through an appeal process before being released.
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According to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Braun was mum and refused to answer questions during his initial interview with MLB on June 29. But after learning of the mountain of evidence the league had acquired, Braun proactively requested another meeting to negotiate a settlement that would suspend him for the remainder of the season. Strange as it sounds, Ryan Braun initiated the process that led to his suspension because he wanted to put this chapter of his career behind him. His willingness to negotiate and accept his suspension could lead to similar outcomes for other players leaked. As of today, Ryan Braun is the only player to be suspended by MLB.
Ryan Braun is now labeled a liar as he recently told reporters “the truth hasn’t changed.” Ever since his failed drug test last year, that rumored he had failed for an STD medication, the floor finally fell from beneath him. With Braun’s case now ended, will Alex Rodriguez be next?
Braun has issued a 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.
Stay tuned, and we’ll report more news as it breaks.
- ESPN’s OTL T.J. Quinn is reporting that MLB has “way more” on Alex Rodriguez than Ryan Braun.
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