Ryan Braun Speaks out on Suspension Report Regarding Miami Biogenesis PED Clinic

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2013

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun is one of about 20 players whom MLB is looking to suspend due to involvement with a Miami Biogenesis clinic, according to ESPN's T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish in an Outside the Lines report.

Braun commented on the situation Tuesday night.

According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporters gathered around Braun's locker following the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Braun was asked several questions about the potential discipline he is facing, but he stood by his past remarks:

I've already addressed everything related to the Miami situation. I addressed it in spring training. I will not make any further statements about it. The truth has not changed.

I don't know the specifics of the story that came out today. I've already addressed it, I've already commented on it and I'll say nothing further about it. I hope that you guys can respect that.

This isn't the first time Braun has been at the center of a performance-enhancing drug scandal, as he was originally suspended by the league for 50 games last year due to a positive test. The suspension was overturned, however, as it was found that MLB didn't follow proper testing protocol.

Braun got off on a technicality, but now the league is hoping to suspend Braun as well as a host of other players, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.

Despite playing with off-the-field distractions over the past two years, Braun has continued to produce in a big way. He hit .319 last season with 41 home runs and 30 steals and is on pace for another great season this year, batting .292 with nine home runs and 35 RBI.

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Braun acknowledged that dealing with the allegations hasn't been easy, but he realizes he has a job to do, according to Rosiak.

We all deal with challenges in life. I think for all of us as baseball players there's challenges. Whether it's your family situation, relationship situation, all kinds of things that come up throughout the course of the season, all of us have a job to do regardless of what those distractions are.

Obviously this hasn't been fun. It's not easy. It's not something I enjoy. But regardless, I have a job to do and I do my best to do that job every day.

MLB still has a long process to go through before it ultimately decides whether it will suspend Braun and the other players, but Braun is in a very unenviable position as he awaits his fate.

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