In a shocking turn of events, Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season due to his involvement with the Biogenesis Clinic. The suspension is effective immediately and there will be no appeal.
Braun’s suspension will cost him $3.4 million of his $8.5 million dollar salary. After this season, Braun has 7 years and more than $120 million left on his contract.
Braun released this statement upon learning the news:
“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 originally failed a 2011 drug test, but vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs and avoided a suspension after an appeal panel ruled in his favor.
Braun successfully argued that the collector of his urine samples did not follow the correct protocol. That marked the first time a Major League player has ever successfully challenged a positive drug test.
Here’s what Braun said in February 2012 about that failed test:
“If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally I’d have been the first one to admit it. I truly believe this substance never entered my body.”
That statement does not look good at all for Braun’s reputation in the game.
As far as this suspension having a negative effect on the Brewers, they really can’t be worse than they’ve been playing. Milwaukee is in last place, 18.5 games out of first.
Baseball just came down hard on Ryan Braun, and it will be intriguing to see what’s in store for the other players involved such as Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Nelson Cruz to name a few.
Last month, it was reported Major League Baseball planned on suspending everyone connected to the Clinic and Braun’s the first domino to fall.