“Quack, Quack” just like the old saying goes…”if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it’s a DUCK!” If you read my article titled Dirty White Boy back on 2-7-13, today’s news about MLB suspending Ryan Braun for the rest of the 2013 season shouldn’t have come to a shock to you.
In a press release from MLB it read: Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and the Postseason for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Braun is effective immediately. Not only will Ryan miss the remaining 65 games of the season (the longest PED related suspension to date) he will also not be getting paid…an amount that would total just over $3 million.
Braun’s statement regarding his 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.”
Braun has defended himself vehemently since the initial accusations of a “failed” drug test came out shortly after he beat out Shawn Kemp for the 2012 N.L. MVP. He went as far as to address it during 2012 spring training when he said:
“If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and I say I did it. By no means am I perfect, but if I’ve ever made any mistakes in my life, I’ve taken responsibility for my actions. I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that the substance never entered my body at any point.”
I don’t think Ryan still wants to wager that bet because it’s obvious that MLB is “all in” and are holding “pocket aces.” Next stop…A-Rod Avenue.