Ryan Braun will miss the final 65 games of the season after becoming the first in a potential group of Major League Baseball players to be banned for their connections to a clinic accused of distributing performance- enhancing drugs.
Ryan Braun, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, has the backing of Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio as he challenges a drug test result that may land him a 50-game suspension should the findings be confirmed.
Ryan Braun, the former Most Valuable Player, formally apologized yesterday and acknowledged he “deserved to be suspended” by Major League Baseball for the final 65 games of this season for drug violations.
The man who collected Ryan Braun’s urine sample said he followed the protocol for Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program and that recent criticism by the player has caused his family emotional distress.
Nike Inc. severed its endorsement contract with former National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun, who on July 22 was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the season due to drug violations, company spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in an e-mail.