MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Major League Baseball announced on Monday, July 22nd Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is being suspended, effective immediately, without pay for the rest of the season, and Braun is accepting the penalty. That means there's no appeal, and it means Braun will have a fair amount of public image repair work to do.
Monday's move by MLB caps an eventful few years for Braun.
Braun didn't look like he could be stopped during the 2011 season, leading the Brewers to the National League Championship Series, and claiming the National League's Most Valuable Player award.
However, in December of that year, a report of Braun testing positive for performance enhancing drugs surfaced and the spectre of a suspension loomed.
A month later, Braun accepted his MVP award against a backdrop of controversy.
In February of 2012, arbitrators ruled that the chain of custody for Braun's urine sample in question was compromised, clearing Braun from any MLB punishment. He forcefully defended his name at a Spring Training press conference.
Roughly a year later, Braun was back in the spotlight, connected to the disgraced Biogenesis Clinic in Miami, along with several other Big Leaguers. Braun claimed the connection was simply for consulting services during his successful 2012 appeal.
On July 9th, ESPN reported Braun's refusal to answer investigators' questions about the clinic and his possible PED usage subjected him to punishment once again.
Braun's suspension will amount to 65 games.
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin says the organization is pleased to have a resolution to this case and will now try to win as many games as possible.