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Former MVP Ryan Braun Suspended After Steroid Use

The “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun will be taking the rest of the year off after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. MLB baseball handed Braun a 65-game suspension, without pay, effective immediately.

Braun first tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011, a few weeks after he won his first Most Valuable Player award. Braun would have been suspended 50 games back then, but he successful appealed the suspension. His attorney raised questions about how the sample he submitted was handled, a technicality, and won the appeal. Braun’s attorney never disputed the test results themselves.

Under MLB’s relatively new guidelines for discipline of those who violate the Joint Drug agreement, a first-time suspension is normally 50 games. But due to Braun’s prior suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs, even though it was successfully appealed, Braun is going to have to sit out 65 games. He will lose about $3.5 million in salary, although hardly a dent in his $117 million dollar contract.

Braun has been meeting with MLB investigators recently, after getting involved with a Florida anti-aging clinic known as Biogenesis.  As many as 20 other players, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, may be disciplined in like fashion for their involvement with the same clinic. Those investigations are ongoing.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” said Braun. “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 has been a distraction to my teammates and the entire Brewer’s 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 once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

Baseball purists don’t buy it. Braun is just saying what people want him to say. In the eyes of purists, who hallow the game of baseball, Braun is tainted by his use of performance-enhancing drugs and will be astericked into another category for all time. There are only two categories in their eyes: those who cheat their way to success and those who don’t. The vast majority of fans will forgive and forget Braun’s blunder, but those who really know the game and revere its history will not.

No player associated with steroids or other types of PEDs has ever been inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame and, after this year’s ballot—which denied home run king Barry Bonds and pitching great Roger Clemens a place among their ranks—I suspect they, the purists, will aim to keep it that way.


Axisa, Mike. “Brewer’s Ryan Braun, Former MVP, Suspended from MLB for Drugs.” CBS News, 22 July 2013. Web. 23 July 2013.

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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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