Apr 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) against the San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Braun releases statement, admits guilt

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the baseball season without pay for his association with the Miami based Biogenesis lab.

Braun’s statement, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“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.”

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball. “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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