Milwaukee Brewers player Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for the rest of the 2013 season. Braun has said he will not try to appeal the suspension, which he received for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” according to a statement released by MLB.
Braun’s suspension includes the last 65 games of the MLB season and any postseason games as well. He will lose his entire $3.25 million because of the suspension.
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in the statement. “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 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.”