Remember when Ryan Braun was the victim of a “fatally flawed” system that almost got him suspended last year, but managed to escape penalty because of urine collecting issues? That was a good one.
According to Major League Baseball, the Brewers slugger has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season:
BREAKING: Ryan Braun suspended without pay for remainder of 2013 season for violations of Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2013
Braun has released a statement basically coping to the doping charges. Here it is in full, via CBS:
“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.”
At this point, the “reminder of the season” for the Brewers is 65 games. If we’re counting this suspension as a “first offense,” that would makes this the harshest first offense penalty we’ve seen, as the usual suspension only lasts 50 games.
How many times over the past few years have we wondered whether Braun could really be lying to our faces? It’s tough to swallow that someone could stand up, in front of everybody, and claim that his good name had been salvaged, that he was innocent, that the truth was on his side, knowing that it was all a lie.
It’s hard enough trusting someone who gets caught cheating and tries to come back to the game afterwards. Getting caught, lying about it, trying to discredit the MLB and the systems it has in place, lying some more, lying some more, lying some more, refusing to answer questions at all and, finally, coping to it? Ain’t nobody got time for that, Ryan Braun. Pity is also in short supply. Have a good off-season.
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