Major League Baseball is suspending Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season without pay. The penalty comes as a result of violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Braun is one of the players that has been linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Braun issued a statement saying, "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions." The former National League MVP is batting .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBI this season.
Braun was initially facing a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test in October 2011, but it was overturned in February 2012 by an independent arbitrator who ruled his test sample had been improperly handled. At the time, Braun stated that he was a victim of a system that failed and that the truth was on his side. The 29-year-old slugger now says he apologizes to the fans, the Brewers organization and his teammates, and is glad to have the matter behind him once and for all. A five-time All-Star, Braun is in the midst of a long-term contract that runs through 2020. He is due to make 14-million-dollars next season.