Milwaukee, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended, without pay, for the remainder of the 2013 season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
Braun, who has been linked for months to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, Fla., said he will not appeal the ruling and issued the following statement addressing the 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."
The Brewers outfielder was hitting .298 thus far in the 2013 season, totaling 38 runs batted in and nine home runs. He will miss Milwaukee's final 65 games in the 2013 season.
"We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions," said Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for economics and league affairs. "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."
Braun was also suspended for 50 games during the 2012 season for use of performance-enhancing drugs, but he won an appeal of that case and was not punished by the league.