Braun suspended, seen as only first domino to fall in Biogenesis case

After two years of fighting, Ryan Braun has been benched for the season.

The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for rest of the season, including the postseason.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the suspension was for violations of the basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program.

"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement released by MLB.

"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."

Braun has been linked to the Biogenesis case, made public when Tony Bosch decided to tell MLB everything and directly link specific players to PEDs.

Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta was one of the players listed in the report which indicates Bosch assisted many elite MLB players in obtaining illegal enhancers.

Braun will not appeal the suspension, as his statement in the release from MLB displayed.

"I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country," Braun added.

"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."

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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