Ryan Braun Faces Wrath of Fellow Ballplayers Over Doping Ban

Lash Out at Hypocritical 'Hebrew Hammer' After Suspension

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By Reuters

Published July 23, 2013.
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Reaction to Ryan Braun’s suspension from fellow players was swift and scathing after the former National League MVP agreed to a ban for the rest of the 2013 season for a drug violation.

Braun, who on Monday became the first player to fall as part of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) latest drug investigation, will miss the final 65 games of the 162-game regular season and any potential playoff action.

“The guys that are cheating are taking something away from the other players,” pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels’ player representative to the major league, told reporters.

“That’s what it really boils down to. They’re lying to the fans, they’re lying to their teammates, they’re lying to the (general manager), the owner, and they’re going to get caught.”

Braun decided not to challenge the punishment that abruptly ended his 2013 season on Monday after MLB investigators probing the alleged dispersal of performance enhancing drugs by a now-shut Florida anti-aging clinic presented their evidence to him.

No explanation or detail of Braun’s doping violation have yet been released, but more bans are expected as over a dozen players have been implicated in the Biogenesis scandal.

Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker took the Braun admission personally and said the game of baseball needs to be free of doping.

“I have an autographed Braun jersey in my baseball room that I’ll be taking down,” said Schumaker. “I don’t want my son associating that with what I’ve worked so hard to do to get to here, and have him compare Braun to me.

“Suspend them all. We need to get it out of baseball.”

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was fed up with doping scandals tarnishing the game.

“I’m tired of steroids. I’m tired of that. Just do things the right way, bottom line,” he told reporters. “There’s a lot of guys that are doing it the right way and I respect those guys.

“It’s just another black eye for our game.”


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