Major League Baseball has suspended 2011 National League Most Valuable Ryan Braun for the rest of the 2013 regular season for his involvement in the Florida-based Biogenesis lab.
He will miss the Brewers final 65 games.
Braun issued a statement along with the suspension:
"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."
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner just issued the following statement regarding the suspension of Ryan Braun:
"I am deeply gratified to see Ryan taking this bold step. It vindicates the rights of all players under the Joint Drug Program. It is good for the game that Ryan will return soon to continue his great work both on and off the field."