MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) We’re now learning that Ryan Braun committed two major violations before getting his season-ending 65-game suspension last week. The Associated Press said the Brewers’ slugger was punished for violating both the Major League drug policy, and the terms of the Basic Agreement for conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the best interests of baseball.
The A-P said Braun got a 50-game suspension as a first-time drug offender, and 15 games for the detrimental conduct clause. The Basic Agreement violation was reportedly tied to Braun’s 2012 spring training speech in which he blamed Dino Laurenzi for mishandling his drug test and called the testing program “fatally flawed.”
Officials have not said how Braun violated the drug policy, but E-S-P-N said the Bio-Genesis clinic put Braun on a quote, “P-E-D regimen for high-end clients” starting in the 2011 season.