Braun suspended, admits violations

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of 2013 and came clean Friday about violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, an outcome of the league’s extensive investigation into a Miami wellness clinic.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by MLB. “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 is 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.”

MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred also issued a statement:

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions. We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”

MLB’s announcement did not specify Braun’s violations. His suspension is effectively immediately, and covers the Brewers’ remaining 65 regular season games and any potential postseason games.

Obviously, much more to come on Brewers.com.

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