AirTalk for July 23, 2013

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of season for use of performance enhancing drugs

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Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was suspended for 65 games for violating MLB rules regarding performance enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun without pay for the rest of the season, which equates to 65 games and an estimated $3.8 million. MLB commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement yesterday. It is the first punishment doled out in the wake of the league’s investigation into Biogenesis, the Miami-based clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

Braun had repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs before this latest scandal caught up with him. The 2011 MVP has deep Southern California roots, having played for Granada Hills High and was named a three-time All-City player.

"I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions,” Braun said in a statement. Braun is among 20 players, including the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, who will face disciplinary actions from MLB.    

Guest:
Lance Williams, co-author of “Game of Shadows; Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports” (Gotham, 2007). He is also Senior Reporter at the Center of Investigative Reporting.


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