Monday, July 22, 2013

Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of 2013 season after admitting to using PEDs

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2013 season after admitting to past use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Braun, one of several MLB players linked to the Biogenesis lab in Florida, tested positive for PEDs prior to the 2012 season and was suspended for 50 games. However, due to a technicality involving the collection and storage of Braun's urine sample, the ban was lifted and he was allowed to play the entire season.

Braun's suspension will be without pay and he'll lose $3.85 million, or roughly a third of his nearly $10 million salary he was to earn this season.

Braun followed up on his MVP season by having an even better 2012 campaign, including 41 home runs and 112 RBI. Braun seemed rather defiant in the face of the scandal a year ago, so it's unclear as to whether or not he continued using PEDs in 2012.

Braun was having a down 2013 season for the struggling Brewers, with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 61 games.

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