Braun: 'Truth hasn't changed' as suspension reportedly imminent
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MILWAUKEE - Brewers slugger Ryan Braun will face suspension very soon for his alleged involvement in a performance-enhancing drug scandal, according to a published report.
ESPN says that Braun refused to answer Major League Baseball's questions about using PED's and the connections to Tony Bosch, the founder of former Miami-based Biogenesis which allegedly provided PED's to Braun and other MLB players.
After the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night, Braun talked to the media and didn't say much about the situation.
“I’m still going to continue to respect the process and not discuss anything in the media. Beyond that, the vast majority of stories that have come out are inaccurate"
The suspension will reportedly come sometime after the All-Star break.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan also tells us that no decision will come on Braun until at least next week.
Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel also spoke with an MLB spokesperson, who said ESPN's report was "premature."
MLB has no reason to leak this information on Braun, etc., before it's ready to announce suspensions. Leaks aren't coming from there.— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 9, 2013
At this point, it appears that Braun and MLB may end up before an arbitrator to hear out the case, which could elongate the wait for a possible suspension.
It's going to come down to what evidence baseball can produce in front of an arbitration panel," ESPN's T.J. Quinn told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
"They know he's not going to say anything to incriminate himself. They clearly believe he violated the policy. They don't buy his story that his only connection to Bosch was using him as a consultant."
There was no initial confirmation on the number of games Braun would be suspended, but 100 games was a possibility.
Check back for more details on this breaking story as they come in to us.