Brewers’ Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season
Today, Major League Baseball has announced that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended, without pay, for the rest of the 2013 season and post-season. The suspension comes after Braun was linked to a Miami based Biogenesis clinic and former operator Tony Bosch.
Last week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that Braun refused to cooperate with Major League Baseball over questions about the clinic.
According to USAToday, Selig said the suspension was for violations of the basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program and is effective immediately.
The suspension was expected, but still delivers a huge blow to the Brewers. While the team is in last place, being without Braun for the rest of the season could plunge them to the bottom of the majors.
According to ESPN.com, Braun has released a statement on the suspension.
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in the statement. “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.”
Other players such as Alex Rodriguez are expected to face suspensions as well due to the evidence found by Major League Baseball.
Stay tuned as more suspensions come to light from Major League Baseball.