Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun agreed to a suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic, apologizing on Monday for "mistakes" but never tacitly confirming his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun's 65-game suspension, negotiated with Major League Baseball, is the first of many expected in the fallout of the league's investigation into Biogenesis. MLB sought a 50-game suspension for Braun in the offseason before the 2012 season after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone, but Braun won his appeal and avoided discipline. Braun won NL MVP honors during that tumultuous offseason.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, whose involvement with Biogenesishas spurred him to attempt to negotiate a deal as well, could be suspended for longer than Braun, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.
In a statement, Braun never said he used PEDs, though by accepting one of the longest suspensions in major league history, he did all but admit to skirting the league’s rules. Braun’s suspension will be without pay and cost him more than $3 million in salary.