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Offline MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 22, 2013 5:47:49 PM(UTC)
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Mike Florio wrote:
With Ryan Braun suspended for the balance of the baseball season, all eyes are on A-Rod. And not just Alex Rodriguez.  From the NFL's perspective, folks will be interested in seeing whether Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has anything to say about the situation.  After all, the Packers quarterback responded aggressively in 2012, when Braun avoided...

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#2 Posted : Monday, July 22, 2013 6:05:39 PM(UTC)
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Major League Baseball has suspended Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and he has accepted the penalty, meaning he was caught red-handed either buying and/or using performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension takes place immediately, so Braun will be suspended for the final 65 games of the season, beginning with the Brewers' game Monday night at Miller Park against San Diego. The sanction came as a result of MLB's investigation into the infamous Biogenesis clinic, which was exposed as having sold PEDs to players after documents were released to various news agencies earlier this year.

The suspension also exposed Braun as a liar because he has stated many times that he never used PEDs and never wavered from that stance. He recently told reporters, "The truth hasn't changed," referring to ongoing speculation that he would be suspended for PED use.

But Braun issued this statement about his suspension: “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.”

And union director Michael Weiner had this statement: "I am deeply gratified to see Ryan taking this bold step. It vindicates the rights of all players under the Joint Drug Program. It is good for the game that Ryan will return soon to continue his great work both on and off the field."

MLB did not announce specifically what violations Braun committed. Instead, it merely stated that he was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the Joint Drug Agreement in the Basic Agreement, and that he had agreed to it.


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#3 Posted : Monday, July 22, 2013 7:06:34 PM(UTC)
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I'm reasonably satisfied with this. At first, I was pissed off because apparently he was the only one of the 32 on the list to be suspended. However, this probably gets him off the hook for any further punishment - assuming he doesn't do it and get caught again. All of those 32 players were in line to get 100 game suspensions, and presumably sooner or later others will get theirs also. Braun has been playing hurt and not playing very well for the Brewers anyway this year; They have been doing surprisingly well without him; And very likely, they are so far in a hole that they can't dig out this year anyway. Braun has a very good team-favorable contract. He should be able to start fresh next season and be a star in Milwaukee for a long time.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:19:18 PM(UTC)
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Rodgers tweeted back in 2012 that he'd bet a year's salary on Braun's innocence.

That tweet sounds expensive, right about now.


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#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:27:20 PM(UTC)
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Zero's silence on this issue is compelling.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:30:17 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dfosterf Go to Quoted Post
Rodgers tweeted back in 2012 that he'd bet a year's salary on Braun's innocence.

That tweet sounds expensive, right about now.




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#7 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:42:51 PM(UTC)
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:38:33 PM(UTC)
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I think Rodgers will distance himself from #8 and #8 will be cut or traded before sp 2014. I'd much rather go to Brewer games and watch young kids try their best, than watch a lying cheater make empty promises.

as far as their business venture, simply change the name of the restaurant, and buy #8 out.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 4:14:27 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dhpackr Go to Quoted Post
I think Rodgers will distance himself from #8 and #8 will be cut or traded before sp 2014. I'd much rather go to Brewer games and watch young kids try their best, than watch a lying cheater make empty promises.

as far as their business venture, simply change the name of the restaurant, and buy #8 out.


Actually a post WITHOUT your usual venomous shit? On this one, you are only dead wrong.

Braun apparently did the crime, and now he's doing the time. This season was pretty much lost for him due to injuries, and the Brewers are so far out as to not have much chance anyway. Next year and beyond, however, Ryan Braun should be back, start fresh and healthy, and resume being the face of the franchise and a superstar on the field.

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#10 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:09:32 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dhpackr Go to Quoted Post
I think Rodgers will distance himself from #8 and #8 will be cut or traded before sp 2014. I'd much rather go to Brewer games and watch young kids try their best, than watch a lying cheater make empty promises.

as far as their business venture, simply change the name of the restaurant, and buy #8 out.


I don't think they would cut him. I am pretty sure most of his money is guaranteed. There is no way they will get value in a trade. They will keep him and watch his production drop due to not being able to cheat.

edit - yep here is a story that confirms it.

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It may take years for the Milwaukee Brewers to recover fully from this.

Prince Fielder arrived in the majors in 2005, Braun followed two years later, and soon afterward it became clear that the Brewers could reasonably afford to retain only one of the superstars on a long-term contract. That’s the reality of doing business in the majors’ second-smallest television market, according to Nielsen.

The Brewers chose Braun, signing him to multiyear deals totaling $150 million. He’s under contract through at least 2020. It’s almost unfathomable that the Brewers would be able to trade him this winter. Releasing him is even less plausible, because the money is guaranteed.
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:59:28 AM(UTC)
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My gut tells me that Rodgers will stick by Braun. He strikes me as one who sticks by friends.

I could be wrong, of course, since I don't know either of them, or how "deep" their friendship was -- a lot of "friendships" claimed by prominent people tend to be fairly superficial -- but who knows if this is one of those.
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:03:56 AM(UTC)
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Also, why is it not possible that when Rodgers claimed Braun was innocent, Braun *was* innocent. I didn't read eighteen articles on this, but did anyone say the suspension was for activity prior to Rodgers statement?

IMO Florio is a troll who works for trolls. I really could care less about what he says, anymore.
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:04:18 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wpr Go to Quoted Post
I don't think they would cut him. I am pretty sure most of his money is guaranteed. There is no way they will get value in a trade. They will keep him and watch his production drop due to not being able to cheat.

edit - yep here is a story that confirms it.



geez, well that sucks! I wish this happened b/f Prince left. We could have kept him instead. The thing that really sucks is that whole run to the NLCS is tainted. I hope they strip him of the MVP and give it to Kemp.

Our best season in 25 years is shot b/c he cheated. Not only that, he was so arrogant in his lies!

I can't boo a Brewer, but when he comes to bat, we as fans, can give him the silent treatment and not cheer him on.

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#14 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:07:18 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Wade Go to Quoted Post
Also, why is it not possible that when Rodgers claimed Braun was innocent, Braun *was* innocent. I didn't read eighteen articles on this, but did anyone say the suspension was for activity prior to Rodgers statement?

IMO Florio is a troll who works for trolls. I really could care less about what he says, anymore.


No, its just not that way. He was guilty of cheating during the 2011 season. He came up dirty b/c once the Brewers made the playoffs, everyone gets tested. So the dirty sample was collected OCT 2011, and I believe Rodgers comments came during the 2012 season

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#15 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:07:24 AM(UTC)
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Mike Florio wrote:
After Ryan Braun absorbed a suspension for the balance of the baseball season and seemed to admit that he cheated the game, some (including us) that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have some explaining to do. Rodgers also may have some paying to do. At one point during his defense of his friend and business...

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