MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin baseball fans are shaking their heads, after learning that Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season.
As you might expect, the degree of their disgust varies widely.
It was announced Monday that Braun – the 2011 National League MVP – accepted a 65 game suspension for the rest of the season for violating baseball’s drug policy.
ESPN said Braun used a “sophisticated doping regimen” for an extended period, after he vehemently denied for almost two years that he took performance-enhancing drugs.
At Monday night’s Brewers’ game, Josh Martens called it a lost season for the last-place Crew anyway – so Braun’s absence won’t matter in the long run. Others – like Jeff Fischbach – showed his anger by taping the word “liar” to the back of the Braun jersey he was wearing. He and others said it would have been a lot better had Braun come clean when he was first confronted in late 2011.
Nationally, Braun’s being judged a lot more harshly than Brewers’ fans – who until now have been generally supportive of the team’s biggest star.
Tweets shown from fans on ESPN attacked Braun for dragging others through the mud – like Dino Laurenzi, whom Braun criticized last year for waiting 44 hours to send his drug test to a lab in late 2011. That test spurred a 50 game drug suspension, which was overturned upon the player’s appeal.
Now, Braun is the first of up to 20 players to be punished, after they were suspected of buying PED’s from the now-defunct BioGenesis clinic in Miami. He reportedly negotiated his suspension, so it does not go into next season.