Ryan Braun has been suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2013 season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It was a fast and swift step from MLB and the added punishment of no pay is appropriate and warranted. It has been a dramatic fall from grace for Ryan Braun who was the 2011 MVP despite many fans outrage after Braun had failed a drug test but had the ruling overturned on a technicality.
No doubt this suspension will affect the rest of the players in this report and will lead to questions about what will happen to the other players listed in the Miami lab report including Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon and many others. No question baseball has sent a very clear and strong message that this will no longer be tolerated and if you cheat the system, you will be punished to the highest extent of the law.
It will be interesting to see how Ryan Braun will respond to the suspension and it is also very key to keep in mind the players union chose not to fight the suspension. This means that this time, there is clear and direct evidence that is linking Ryan Braun to steroids. The can of worms have been opened and there will be plenty of developments and suspensions that will be coming down the road. As of now, a huge and monumental decision has been placed in the suspension of Ryan Braun. Today is a day baseball fans have long waited for to be both proud and disappointed.