Baseball MVP Braun Suspended for Doping

Will lose $3M sitting out rest of season

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 22, 2013 6:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason today in the first penalty following Major League Baseball's investigation of a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Braun accepted the penalty. "I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions," he says in a statement.

MLB's Commissioner announced the penalty today, citing Braun for multiple unspecified "violations" of baseball's drug program and labor contract. Braun will miss the Milwaukee Brewers' final 65 games without pay, costing him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary. "We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions," says an MLB spokesman. "We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field."

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun preparing to bat during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.   (Jeff Roberson)
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacting while holding his elbow after missing his swing.   (Jacquelyn Martin)
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun warming up before the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington.   (Jacquelyn Martin)
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