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Brewers superstar outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended the entire rest of the season and playoffs — 65 regular season games — for violating baseball’s substance abuse policy due to his ties to the Biogenesis scandal.
Braun is the first of what could be several major leaguers that may face long suspensions, including Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Jesus Montero and Jhonny Peralta. Colon and Cabrera have already been suspended once each for performance-enhancing-drug-related reasons.
Braun, who will not appeal the suspension, released a statement:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in the statement. “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.”
Braun famously avoided suspension after his 2011 MVP season for performance-enhancing drug use based on a technicality.