Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun for the reminder of the 2013 season without pay. Braun will miss 65 games and will lose out on 3.2 million dollars. I am still awaiting a real punishment, as the former NL MVP is clearly getting off easy.
The Brewers were 41-57 when Braun received his suspension and dead last in the NL Central. Braun, who already failed a previous drug test in 2011, was the first player to win an appeal and avoid a 50-game suspension. Braun, who defamed the character of Dino Laurenzi Jr, the man who handled Braun’s positive sample in 2011, should be given a public apology by Braun, Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers. Laurenzi Jr who works for the United States Anti Doping Agency, held Brauns sample in his home for 48 hours before shipping it to Montreal. Braun and his team of lawyers won the appeal that there was no clear evidence the sample hadn’t been tampered with.
Not only does Braun get out of watching misery day in and day out at Miller Park, he now gets an extra two months to try and get back to the player he was cleanly. A NL Rookie Of The Year in 2007 and 2012 NL MVP, Braun has done nothing, but continue to lie to us without even blinking. A 65 game suspension does no justice to anyone involved in the situation. Technically, this is Braun’s second offense and should be doing the punishment of a 100 game suspension carrying over to next season.
The MLB has come along way in trying to clean up the scandal of what is steroids in America’s past time. While another star player is caught, hopefully a message is sent that there is no way but the clean way to play this game.