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MVP Ryan Braun Faces Strike Two for Steroids

With reports of a coming suspension, the Hebrewer maintains his innocence

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Ryan Braun(AP)

The Swede-like reputation of Ryan Braun–the star Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, former Most Valuable Player, near-winner of the coveted Triple Crown, and hero to Jewish little leaguers everywhere–has been dealt another serious setback. ESPN is reporting that the Jewish (or Jew-ish, depending on your take) slugger may be suspended as an investigation centered around a Miami-area clinic, which allegedly supplied 20 players (Braun and Alex Rodriguez among them) with performance-enhancing drugs, builds. This is the second time Braun has been accused.

Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, two sources told “Outside the Lines,” giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.

One source familiar with the case said the commissioner’s office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is the players’ connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another.

Braun, in addition to being the first Jewish MVP since Sandy Koufax won the award weeks before JFK went to Dallas, also became the first player to skate from a drug suspension after his positive drug test was dismissed on a technical count last year. Throughout last year’s scandal, Braun maintained his innocence and, given his image, eloquence, and normal physical build, seemingly drew support even from many of the reflexively disillusioned fans of baseball’s steroid era.

Naturally, Braun’s exoneration last February was extra welcome news, which makes this latest development doubly distressing. Speaking to press yesterday, Braun said the new allegations are the same old hot air.

I’ve already addressed everything related to the Miami situation. I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further statements about it. The truth has not changed.

I don’t know the specifics of the story that came out today. I’ve already addressed it, I’ve already commented on it and I’ll say nothing further about it. I hope that you guys can respect that.

MLB seeks to suspend A-Rod, Braun [ESPN]
Ryan Braun Speaks out on Suspension Report Regarding Miami Biogenesis PED Clinic [BleacherReport]

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marjorie says:

waaah! say it ain’t so, ryan! (well, he did say. i’m just not sure i believe him. i’d like to.)

Daniel Plotkin says:

Please stop considering him Jewish. he is not halachically Jewish and having been raised with no Jewish practices he is not Jewish under the Reform/Reconstructionist definition.

ECramer says:

Now that he’s in a scandal, they don’t want to consider him jewish.

skinnydude says:

I am near Milwaukee. Logic tells me Braun took PED’S. He beat his suspension on a technicality . Reality is he did something cheats like Bonds, Clemens and Lance Armstrong never did . He failed a test. I understand why these guys take them. One they think they are ahead of the testing . And Two the pay performance gives a great incentive too put up huge numbers. Clearly, PED’S enhance ones strength and abilities that can turn a good player into one of the tops in the league . Look at Bonds. He was a top player with Pittsburgh before he on the JUICE. After the JUICE he was the closest thing to BABE RUTH the modern era has ever seen.

JJ Garcia says:

ah yeah another cheating “witeboy” that gets away with it. were his name ramirez or rodriguez there wouldn’t be so much debate on whether or not the dude is a cheater. face it braun fans… if there is a rumor then there must be a cheater and a liar somewhere.

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