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MLB suspends Ryan Braun over drug violations

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   July 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM   |   Comments

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July 22 (UPI) -- Brewer's outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 baseball season for violation of Major League Baseball's banned substances policy, the league said Monday.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said the Milwaukee outfielder will be suspended without pay for the remaining 60-odd games left in the season and a potential post-season run.


Braun has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

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

"I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love," he said.

Braun was failed a drug test in 2011, a season in which he was awarded the Most Valuable Player award, but successfully had the results thrown out on what was largely seen as a technicality.

The suspension is the first, and highest-profile, of what is expected to be a broad sweep of about 20 players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs supplied by Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis of America clinic in Miami.

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