Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the remainder of the 2013 season because of his ties to performance-enhancing drugs, a penalty that covers 65 games, or 15 more games than the penalty for first-time offenders of the Joint Drug Agreement, according to sources familiar with the agreement. Braun did not appeal the suspension and will begin serving it immediately.
Braun's discipline actually falls under the commissioner's powers of discipline for "just cause" rather than the JDA, which relates to failed drug tests. Commissioner Bud Selig considered not only Braun's links to Biogenesis, the Miami "wellness clinic" at the heart of a year-long investigation by MLB investigators, but also his failed drug test in the 2011 postseason. Braun won the appeal of that test when he challenged the chain of command protocols regarding how the samples were stored.
"I realize now that I have made some mistakes," Braun said in a statement. "I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."
In the cases of both the 2011 test and the link to Biogenesis, Braun had insisted he was innocent of using performance-enhancing drugs.
At least a dozen players, including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, have been tied to the clinic. It is unclear how the quick disposition of Braun's case, without an appeal, might affect the status of other players, though MLB officials were optimistic that it could cause a "domino effect" in which the game is not tied to lengthy, drawn-out appeals.