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Former NL MVP Ryan Braun suspended for drug violations

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Ryan Braun. [UCinternational via Wikimedia Commons photo]

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the former Most Valuable Player of Major League Baseball’s National League, was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season by the league on Monday for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” Braun’s father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic.
Ryan Braun. Credit: UCinternational via Wikimedia Commons.

Ryan Braun. Credit: UCinternational via Wikimedia Commons.

Braun’s suspension comes amid the league’s investigation of players allegedly tied to the Biogenesis laboratory. While Braun will not appeal the suspension, he has not addressed allegations about Biogenesis.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by Major League Baseball. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

Last year, Braun got a 50-game suspension for high levels of testosterone overturned after successfully disputing the drug-testing process. This suspension will encompass 65 games and any possible postseason play.

Braun is a .312 career hitter, with 211 homeruns in seven seasons. In 2011, when he won the Most Valuable Player award, he batted .332 with 33 homeruns, 111 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.

Braun’s suspension comes amid the league’s investigation of players allegedly tied to the Biogenesis laboratory. While Braun will not appeal the suspension, he has not addressed allegations about Biogenesis.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by Major League Baseball. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

Last year, Braun got a 50-game suspension for high levels of testosterone overturned after successfully disputing the drug-testing process. This suspension will encompass 65 games and any possible postseason play.

Braun is a .312 career hitter, with 211 homeruns in seven seasons. In 2011, when he won the Most Valuable Player award, he batted .332 with 33 homeruns, 111 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.

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