Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of this year, because of his involvement with a performance enhancing drug clinic. And Alex Rodriguez may be next.
Braun will miss 65 games and forfeit about $3.25 million in salary for violations of the league's anti-doping code. He will not appeal the suspension and released a statement saying, "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."
The slugger first became ensnared in PED controversy when he failed a drug test following the 2011 season; the same year he won the National League MVP with 33 home runs and 111 RBI. He avoided a mandatory 50-game suspension after successfully arguing that the sample (which had elevated levels of testosterone) was improperly handled and came back the next year to hit 41 home runs.
However, during this last offseason Braun and other athletes — including Alex Rodriguez and several other pro baseball players — were connected to a shady "anti-aging" clinic known as Biogenesis. An investigation by Miami New-Times found that the owner of the clinic was selling human growth hormone, steroids, and other drugs to the athletes and kept detailed records about it. The owner of that clinic has been cooperating with the MLB investigation and has been given evidence about the PEDs he supplied to Braun and other players.