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Ryan Braun suspended for drug offences

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Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been suspended, after admitting to violating the Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The 29-year-old will play no part in the remaining 65 games for the Brewers in the regular season, and will not be paid during the suspension.

His punishment relates to a Biogenesis clinic in Miami, in which he and several other players are accused of visiting to be supplied with performance-enhancing drugs.

After denying the allegations for almost a-year-and-a-half, Braun finally came clean to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, manager Ron Roenicke and other club officials on Monday.

He said in a statement: “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect.

 "I realise 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 has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organisation.

“I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country.”

As many as 20 other players are being investigated by the MLB, and they praised Braun for his honesty.

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions," said MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred.

"We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field."

Braun, who made his debut for the Brewers in 2007, still has seven years remaining on his contract, in a deal worth more than $120m, and the Brewers are not willing to let him leave following the scandal.

Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said: “We are disappointed with the news today of the suspension of Ryan Braun and his admitted mistakes.

"It's clear that Ryan used bad judgment, but we accept his apology and believe that he should be given the opportunity to redeem himself.”


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