Jul 22, 2013 6:08 PM by Andrew Masuda

MLB suspends Ryan Braun for rest of season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. The suspension of Braun is effective immediately. The 2011 National League MVP was hitting .298 with 9 home runs and 38 RBI this season.

Bruan successfully appealed a suspension handed down late in 2011 after an arbitrator ruled in his favor. MLB subsequently fired the arbitrator, who made the ruling based on concerns about chain of custody of Braun's urine sample. Braun bitterly contested that suspension and has maintained his innocence. That ended Monday with the latest penalty and a statement released by the 2011 National League MVP.

Braun has been linked to Miami's now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, an apparent source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than 20 players, including Alex Rodriguez.

In a statement released by MLB, 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."



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