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JEWCED: Ryan Braun suspended for PED use

Former MVP suspended without pay for rest of 2013 season


Jewish Journal and Reuters

July 22, 2013 | 2:51 pm

Ryan Braun. Photo by Steve Paluch

Ryan Braun. Photo by Steve Paluch

Poor spelling is not the only problem surrounding the Milwaukee Brewers these days.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended former National League most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of the season for violating the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

MLB did not specify why Braun had been suspended, though the 29-year-old is among at least 20 players in the league who have been implicated in the Biogenesis doping scandal which is being investigated by the commissioner's office.

Braun issued the following statement regarding his suspension:

"I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. I wish to apologize to ... all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates."

Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement on Monday: "We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions."

The Brewers slugger earned NL MVP in 2011 when he batted .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs, edging out Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp by only 56 votes.

Braun's father Joe, most of whose side of the family was murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust, was born in Israel. His father immigrated to the United States at age seven.

The suspension will cost Braun $3.4MM.

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