Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the remainder of the 2013 season and postseason for violation of the Drug Prevention and Treatment program. The suspension for Braun is effective immediately.
"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."
Braun has been one of the focus points behind the MLB investigation behind the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. He tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011, but successfully appealed the suspension.
There are many other names associated with the Biogenesis investigation including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon and Texas Ranger outfielder Nelson Cruz. Braun is the first player suspended in connection to the Biogenesis clinic and will likely be the first of many suspensions.
Braun met with MLB investigators on June 29 and admitted to violating the drug prevention program.
The 2011 National MVP has adamantly denied using steroids since he tested positive for illegal substances, but will now face the wrath of the public. He was hitting .298 with nine home runs, 28 RBI with a .372 OBP.
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