Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season.
Ryan Bruan’s 65-game suspension, which ends his season this year, is a move by Major League Baseball that needed to happen. After Braun got away on a technicality over his last suspension, this was something the league did to make an example of Braun and all other players that want to try to cheat the game.
I think that Braun knew he was wrong the first time, but was lucky to escape. Now with this, Braun had to know that he couldn’t fight it anymore and just take the offer the league gave him. At least to me, it shows that MLB will not relent until they get what they know needed to be done.
Since there had been talks about Alex Rodriguez also, I expect some kind of punishment for him real soon. Especially for a repeat offender (although he never got caught while in Texas), MLB knows that they have to make an example of him. I don’t know if they will be light on the suspension.
Ryan Braun is clean, but his image is tainted.
With Ryan Braun’s successful appeal of the 50-game suspension, Braun will not miss any time during the regular season and all his achievements from the 2011 season, including his MVP award, are not tainted.
But his image is now.
Because of the snafu of the testing process, the technicality of the entire ordeal has now put a cloud of Bruan’s image. And with the harsh criticism that previous athletes related to PEDs have received, Braun is in for the same criticism for the remainder of his career.
It’s still unknown whether or not the delayed delivery made any real difference in the high testosterone levels found in Braun’s sample. But because of the error in the entire process, Braun is clean from the accusation but isn’t clean in the eyes of Major League Baseball.