Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers left fielder, Ryan Braun without pay for the rest of the 2013 season. Braun has fully accepted the penalty, meaning he was caught red-handed either buying and/or using performance enhancing drugs(PEDs).
The suspension is effective immediately.
The suspension will last 65 games and would also include postseason play as well.
Braun, along with others like Alex Rodriguez, was tied to a Miami anti-aging clinic that MLB was investigating for providing performance enhancers to players.
In a statement via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Braun said
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.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Braun is making $8.5 million this season and the suspension will cost him about $3.4 million.
Braun was accused of failing a drug test in 2011, but he vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs and avoided suspension when an appeal panel ruled in his favor.