Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers has spoken out about the suspension of last season’s MVP Ryan Braun, following the left fielder’s 65-game ban that was announced on Monday.

Kemp actually finished runner-up in the MVP vote, obtaining 332 points, to Braun’s 388. But it became clear this week that the Milwaukee Brewers player was guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

At the time of accusation last October, MLB’s attempted suspension was overturned over the fact that the drug test had not been properly carried out. However, an agreement was finally reached between the authorities and the player to sanction a suspension this week.

And now Kemp has been quoted in the New York Post, reflecting on the recent decision he said: “I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed.

“That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organisation, a lot of his team mates. I think a lot of people feel that way,” explained the MVP runner-up.

When asked if he feels Braun should be stripped of last season’s award, Kemp replied: “Yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”

It is certainly out of the outfielder’s hands for now, and he is also missing games right now through an ankle injury.


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