Ryan Braun won't attend Brewers On Deck event
Matt Montgomery & Associated Press
Ryan Braun. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - Brewers slugger and NL MVP Ryan Braun will not attend this weekend's Brewers On Deck event in Milwaukee.
The following statement was issued Wednesday by Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers:
"In working through the logistics of this weekend's Brewers On Deck event in Milwaukee with Ryan Braun-and knowing how much he enjoys interacting candidly with Brewers fans-we came to the conclusion that this is too sensitive of a time in the confidential process for him to attend this year.
"I speak for everyone at the Brewers, including Ryan, in thanking our fans for their understanding and patience."
Ryan Braun referred only in passing to his positive drug test and possible 50-game suspension as he accepted the National League MVP award at a black-tie dinner Saturday night.
After congratulating other award winners and thanking teammates, family, and the Milwaukee organization, the Brewers left fielder, speaking before a crowd of around 800 in a hotel ballroom, thanked the Major League Baseball Players Association for supporting him through his entire career, "especially for supporting me through everything I've went through over the last couple of months."
ESPN.com first reported in December that Braun had tested positive in October. Braun's grievance appeal before arbitrator Shyam Das to avoid a suspension began last Thursday.