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Brewers’ Ryan Braun Suspended [VIDEO]

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It’s a 65-game suspension for Brewers slugger and former National League MVP Ryan Braun, as punishment for violating baseball’s drug program.

FOX News Radio’s Jeff Monosso reports:

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Ryan Braun, who’s one of many players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs with ties to a Florida drug ring, said this back in February of 2012.

(Braun) “I truly believe in my heart and i would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.”

Ryan Braun

But Braun is done for the season in a deal he made with the league. Some fans tell us they’ll still support him. Others feel burned.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin says.

(Melivin) “He’s a Milwaukee Brewer and he’s wearing a uniform next year and his focus is to get ready for next year.”

But also that the suspension sends a message to other players even thinking about doping or lying to Major League Baseball.

Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio.

READ a statement from Ryan Braun:

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. 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.”

READ a statement from Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball:

“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.”

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