Former NL MVP Ryan Braun Suspended For Rest Of Season

July 22, 2013 10:17 PM
Former NL MVP Ryan Braun Suspended For Rest Of Season
" NEW YORK (AP) — Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday in the first penalty of baseball’s investigation of players reportedly tied to 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 said in a statement.

Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun for a positive drug test following the 2011 season, but an arbitrator overturned the penalty because the Milwaukee star’s urine sample was not handled as specified by baseball’s drug agreement.

Braun, injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and more than a dozen players were targeted by MLB following a report by Miami New Times in January that they had been connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced the penalty Monday, citing Braun for multiple unspecified “violations” of baseball’s drug program and labor contract "

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