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Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers player Ryan Braun for the rest of the 2013 season.
In a statement, MLB announced that he he violated the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
Braun was connected to the Florida clinic Biogenesis that was found to have distributed performance enhancing drugs. It was widely reported that he — and a host of other players connected to the clinic — would be suspended for PEDs.
Braun admitted to "mistakes," and will not fight what amounts to a 65-game suspension. He said in a statement, " I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences."
Here's the full statement (via CBS):
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, 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.”
The suspension was originally rumored to be 100 games, which has some players thinking he cut a deal:
Already some anger in baseball that Braun got only 65 games: "They gave that piece of (expletive) a deal?" one person said.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2013
There's no word yet on Alex Rodriguez, who was also connected to the clinic.
Braun signed a five-year, $105 million contract extension in 2011 that will kept him in Milwaukee until 2020.
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