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.
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.