Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun without pay for the rest of the 2013 season, according to ESPN. Braun will not appeal the suspension, which was given for "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," according to a statement released by MLB.
"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in the statement. "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."
Braun will miss the final 65 games of the Brewers’ season, and any potential postseason games for which the team could qualify.
Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, has been connected to MLB’s investigation of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly provided several Major and Minor League Baseball players with banned performance enhancing drugs.
Braun tested positive for an elevated testosterone level in 2011, but the test was deemed impermissible because it was not taken care of directly as it should have been, allegedly compromising the result of the sample.