Ryan Braun has been under investigation by MLB for quite some time now regarding suspected PED use. Therefore it was a surprise to no one when it was announced that he will be suspended for the remainder of the season without pay.
Braun did release a statement saying, “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”
This is probably all we’ll hear from him for quite some time, even though it’s possible that details of MLB’s investigation could see the light of day at some point soon. Regardless of what he did or didn’t take, though, the point is that he’s been found guilty of slighting the game in one way or another.
I think the fact that the suspension is unique (65 games), speaks volumes about this case. Clearly, this isn’t a normal 50-game first offense suspension. There could be a whole web of lies and deception that’s involved here.
The next obvious question becomes – what happens to Alex Rodriguez? A suspension has been looming over his head just like Braun’s and it’s possible we could see a similar fate for A-Rod in the near future.
With MLB’s press release regarding Braun, it means that he’s not appealing and that he’ll just do his hard time. He certainly won’t be welcomed back next season and the road ahead is going to be extremely challenging. At least for baseball’s sake, it can finally start to move on from this whole ordeal.
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