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ryan braun whoaIn the worst-timed major news announcement that I can remember (for me, I mean – because, like, Garza), Major League Baseball has announced that Brewers star Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season. That’ll be a 65-game suspension, and it’ll cost him more than $3 million.

The suspension emanates out of the Biogenesis investigation, and marks what basically amounts to a “plea deal” for Braun. MLB’s statement:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Braun is effective immediately.

Ryan Braun said: “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.”

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball. “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.”

You can read that middle paragraph as, “I lied, I lied, I lied, I lied. My bad. Yes, I juiced. It won’t happen again.” I did.

The suspension, while significant in length, really is about as gentle as this thing could have possibly been. The Brewers are going nowhere, Braun has been dealing with nagging injuries, and serving the suspension this year (as opposed to next year) could save him some money.

Interestingly, though, the fact that Braun accepted the suspension demonstrates that MLB really did have the dirt on him, as emphasized by Wendy Thurm. That makes you wonder about the other implicated players. Braun accepting 65 games – more than a first-time suspension of 50 games – also makes you wonder whether other players implicated will now also take plea deals. MLB was probably happy to get a precedent here.

Braun is no longer a suspected cheater who got off on a technicality. He’s a cheater who has been suspended for his cheating. Good for baseball.

  • TonyP

    WOOT!!!!!! Justice is served……………

  • Dale’s Ear

    Again dude’s gonna make $117 million over the next six seasons and now he gets an extra 65 day vacation to find the newest undetectable PED out there. Suspensions aren’t enough I would cheat at anything if it got me $117 million and an extra 3 months of vacation

  • Cheese Chad

    How about “I’m sorry for blaming the carrier of my last test.”

    • Cyranojoe

      AMEN. Don’t see that guy making $117 million….

  • Greg

    Can’t wait to join in on the “boo’s” next year!

  • themillhah

    I haz smilez!

  • Polar Bear

    “And the truth shall set you free!!!” Or, just make you look like a bigger douchenozzle than we already suspected. I, for one, am glad that baseball went after him with such conviction. Let this be the example to the rest of them… fall in line and get your medicine.

    • caryatid62

      If, by “conviction,” you mean “arrogant and disgusting misuse of the legal system,” I agree.

      Braun deserves to be suspended for using PEDs, but that doesn’t make MLB’s behavior throughout this process anything less than abhorrent.

      • Polar Bear

        They may have misused the legal system, but that is why he got off in the first place. I don’t see him in TV or in the newspaper apologizing to the carrier directly for “misusing” the system to clear his name last year. What he did do was make himself look like a fool. He got what he deserved.

        • caryatid62

          The carrier F’d up. If he’d have done his job right, Braun would have served his suspension last year.

          I’m actually not referring to the original case. I’m talking about MLB blatantly extorting people through the civil courts and running their own covert operations investigation of players.

          Braun is a guilty steroid user. MLB is a power hungry and immoral organization. These two things can both be true.

          • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersocake

            The carrier didn’t f up. He followed protocol. The loophole was, if the Fed Ex was closed the carrier should keep the specimen and drop it off first thing monday. The carrier kept the specimen in a safe location. Double sealed and signed, but he wasn’t with it the entire time so it technically could have been tampered with. It was legal loophole. And MLBs bad protocol.

  • Ginny C

    Maybe the MLB should give Braun’s pay for this year to the guy he defrauded last year…

  • caryatid62

    Smart move by Braun. He’s been hurt all season, his team’s in last place, and he’ll be able to start fresh next year.

  • Oswego Chris

    So, was the herpes made up or what?

  • Vulcan

    Good Riddance!

  • Cory

    From the Hebrew Hammer to the Hebrew Scammer that a boy Braun!

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

    The Cub will not throw at the spike high “Cards”! Every team needs to send Lance Armstrong (Braun) a high fast ball message! Hopefully the real “MLBers” police this thing and protect future young minor leaguers, high school ect. from the “drug pusher”

    • Drew7

      “Hey, Kids: drugs are dangerous, and we’ll prove it by throwing a 95mph fastball at this guy’s face.”

      Sounds like a *great* message.

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Maybe too – Selig’s former ownership and the fact they do suck meant that making an example out of Braun was a good PR move for him. Shows he’s strong on this thing, while Braun can help the Brewers out next season.

    So you look tough, the player gets the blame, and the ball club is none the worse off.

  • cubchymyst

    Am I correct is assuming that the 65 games counts as the 1st offense.

  • todd mccombs

    Does he apologies to the drug tester for calling his character into question.

    In his press conference, Braun spoke of “a lot of things we learned” about the collector and the process that “made us very concerned and suspicious about what could have actually happened.” Citing conversations with “biochemists and scientists,” Braun said he was told that if anyone with access to the sample was “motivated”, tampering “would be extremely easy.”

    “This situation has caused great emotional distress for me and my family,” Laurenzi said in his statement. “I have worked hard my entire life, have performed my job duties with integrity and professionalism, and have done so with respect to this matter and all other collections in which I have participated.”

    stole this from the Washington post.

  • Internet Random

    SQUEEEeeeaallll!

  • YourResidentJag

    Oh yeah, there also was a crash landing at LaGuardia. The world’s ending!!!

  • Internet Random

    Now he’s presumably subject to follow-up testing, too. Icing on the cake.

  • Mike

    The league learned the lesson and did it on Monday.

  • aCubsFan

    I hope the sample taker who lost his job last year now sues Braun for defamation, lost wages, etc. and goes after him for a HUGE, HUGE amount.

    • cjdubbya

      I think a tick over $3MM would do the trick. Just have the Brewers cut the guy a check for what Braun would have made the rest of the year.

  • aCubsFan

    In my opinion 65 games is not enough especially when he lied, I hope that he will be suspended for the entire year next season.

  • BD

    So now that this is out how does Braun compare to Bonds, Sosa, etc? Just curious to see what y’all think…

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Well, I would guess his HOF chances have gone out the window. Unless they build a PED wing.

      • caryatid62

        Don’t be so sure. All three broadcasters on the game of the week last year said that David Ortiz (named in the Mitchell Report) was a “sure-fire first ballot hall of famer.”

        If Braun comes back, gives good quotes and acts chummy with the reporters, they’ll pretty much overlook anything.

      • YourResidentJag

        Gotta wonder what Pete Rose thinks about this?

  • todd mccombs

    You forgot McGuire(crying like a baby) – Sosa I no speak English – Braun vilifying the Drug tester saying the guy had questionable character. Bill Clinton i didn’t have sex with that woman.

    Somewhere in there

  • Carne Harris

    Good. Be a man, compete on an even playing field with other men. Let shit fall where it may.

  • Frank

    That’s what they call Karma.

  • Tommy

    Dude should have to pay back all the money he’s made because of his drug use.

  • Theocracy

    I can’t help but wonder how MLBPA has been able to make these long term guaranteed contracts the only type of contract that is available. Meanwhile, NFL teams are hesitant to give out any contract at all that has even $20 million guaranteed. If MLB won’t institute a salary cap then they at least need to make salaries able to be guaranteed for less than their total worth.

    Then again, fuck Ryan Braun. Then again, he’s going to get a ton of money after his suspension regardless.

  • Frank

    I was watching MLB and they mentioned that he’s being paid somewhere around 8 mill this year and like 18 to 20 mil next year. That’s why he took the suspension this year. He’s saving a boat load of money.

  • M V Pee in a cup

    The main question now should be how long has he been juicing. No one brings.up that he went to college at Miami. Did he meet tony in college and everything he’s done has been tainted? I may be mistaken, but wasnt Miami linked to biogenesis.

  • Teri

    A big, fat liar. Braun was smug and an ass throughout this whole ordeal…He is getting off too easy.

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