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Brewers fan Karen Eidem asked to remove Ryan Braun ‘Fraud’ shirt by stadium staff

Brewers-fan-Ryan-Braun-fraud-shirtMany Milwaukee Brewers fans are still stunned by Ryan Braun coming out and admitting that he cheated. Braun won an appeal for a positive drug test last year because of an error in the collection process of his urine sample, and many people thought he was out of the woods after that. Now that he has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season, most fans feel betrayed.

Earlier this week, a Brewers fan named Karen Eidem attended a game at Miller Park with a Braun T-shirt that she modified to read “Fraud” across the back. It was a clever way of showing her disappointment in the situation, but it did not last long. A stadium staff member told her that if she didn’t change or turn the shirt inside-out she would be asked to leave the ballpark.

“I mean it was obviously meant as a joke, but to put me in a position where I’m the one to be perceived as doing something wrong, that kind of bothered me,” Eidem said, according to NBC 4 in Milwaukee.

Eidem had every right to be bothered. Her shirt did not include any offensive phrases or vulgar language. It certainly didn’t offend any other fans in the ballpark, most of whom probably felt the same way she did. As it turns out, the Brewers agree that she was treated unfairly.

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Ryan Braun loses endorsement deal

Ryan BraunMilwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun will forfeit the $3.8 million remaining on his 2013 salary as he serves a suspension for the remainder of the season, and that isn’t the only money he will be losing as a result of his association with performance-enhancing drugs. On Tuesday, Braun lost one of his biggest endorsement deals.

According to ESPN.com, a privately-owned brand of convenience stores named Kwik Trip, which has more than 400 stories in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, has dropped Braun as the face of its company. Braun had been linked to Kwik Trip for four years, headlining the store’s television and radio commercials.

Kwik Trip has also cancelled a promotion where a winning entrant would have won a luncheon with Braun at his Milwaukee restaurant, Graffito. A winner was scheduled to be chosen in a little over a week, and a representative from Kwik Trip told ESPN.com that the company is expecting to be paid back by the sports marketing agency that set the promotion up.

[Related: Matt Kemp sounds off on Ryan Braun suspension]

Some of Braun’s other endorsements include Nike and SURG Restaurant Group, which are evaluating their arrangement with Braun at this point. The president of SAM BAT in Canada, which manufactures Braun’s RB8 bat, said the company will continue to do so.

“We’ve had a good relationship with Ryan and we don’t anticipate that changing at this point,” Arlene Anderson said.

If Tiger Woods survived with Nike, Braun can too. He’ll still make plenty of money with the more than $100 million he has remaining on his Brewers contract, but his pockets may not be as fat as they could have if he wasn’t caught cheating.

Matt Kemp on Ryan Braun: ‘I’m disappointed, I don’t like to get lied to’

Matt-Kemp-Does-Not-Want-MVPAmong the many people that Ryan Braun has cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs, you could argue that Matt Kemp is one of the most significant. The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger had an incredible season in 2011, but Braun was named the NL MVP despite Kemp having more homers, RBI, runs and stolen bases than the scorned Milwaukee Brewers outfielder.

Braun was probably given the honor over Kemp because he led the Brewers to the playoffs, whereas LA was under .500 most of the season before rallying to finish 82-79. On Tuesday, Kemp was asked for his feelings about Braun’s suspension and admission.

“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said via the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t like to get lied to. I don’t think anybody likes to get lied to. I think a lot of other people feel the same way. I’m not the only one in that boat. I’m just another one of those guys on the list that are disappointed in what has come about in the last couple days.”

Kemp supported Braun after the Brewers outfielder failed the initial drug test. He said he considered Braun a friend and believed the Milwaukee star was clean. That’s why he now says he’s disappointed and was “lied to” by Braun.

Though Kemp said at the time that he did not want the MVP if Braun were found guilty of cheating, he was clearly disappointed with the outcome of the vote, as evidenced by his tweet about the voters creating a monster. But Kemp maintains that he still does not want the MVP award even though the man who won it is an admitted cheater.

[Related: Logan Morrison uses Ryan Braun situation to take shot at Marlins]

“I was in a race to win the MVP, I got second. It is what it is,” Kemp said Tuesday. “The voters had an opinion about who they wanted to pick as the MVP. That’s who they picked, that’s who they felt was the MVP. You have to respect them for that.”

Kemp is probably right that you cannot go back and give the award to him, but maybe a note should go down in history to say Braun used performance-enhancing drugs during the MVP season. And as fans and media, we cannot forget that Kemp truly deserved the MVP award that season.

Logan Morrison had a classic reaction to Ryan Braun’s suspension

logan-morrisonMiami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison is one of the funnier players in baseball. The 25-year-old is one of the best players to follow on Twitter because of some of the comments he comes out with. After Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season on Monday because of his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, Morrison took a shot at his own team.

“You know we’re clean,” he said, via the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer. “We haven’t scored a run in 37 innings.”

Classic. Fortunately for Miami, the streak ended at 37 as they scored two runs in the first inning of a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. While a 37-inning scoring drought doesn’t necessarily mean no one on the Marlins has used performance-enhancing drugs, it certainly makes them less suspect.

Braun has immediately become a punching bag for the entire sports world because of all the gutless lies he told about using steroids and all the people he attacked in an attempt to clear his name. Morrison didn’t have to remind us that the Marlins are awful when providing his thoughts about Braun, but he’s obviously frustrated with the way the season he’s gone. We’re glad he chose to express it the way he did.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Aaron Rodgers bet a year’s salary that Ryan Braun was innocent

Aaron Rodgers Ryan BraunWhen Ryan Braun was first implicated for failing a drug test during his MVP season for the Milwaukee Brewers, nobody defended him in public more firmly than Aaron Rodgers. The two are around the same age, from California, and they’re both star athletes for Wisconsin teams. They became very close friends and even opened a restaurant together.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback lashed out against the person who leaked the news of Braun’s failed test, saying there should be more confidentiality. Then, when Braun won his appeal for the positive test, Rodgers celebrated over Twitter and told MLB to eat crow.

At the time, we pointed out that Rodgers’ celebration was premature; winning the appeal never meant that Braun was innocent, nor did it explain how his test had elevated levels of testosterone. That didn’t stop Rodgers from boasting about Braun being exonerated. He even told a Twitter user he’d “put my salary on it next year” that Braun didn’t use PEDs:

Aaron Rodgers Ryan Braun bet

Even though Rodgers looks like a dope right now and it’s easy to point and laugh at him because he was wrong, I feel badly. How hurt and disappointed do you think he is to learn that Braun lied to him this whole time and really was cheating?

H/T World of Isaac

Here are all the lies Ryan Braun told about his PED use

Ryan Braun press conferenceRyan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension from MLB for his ties to Biogenesis, which allegedly provided several athletes with performance-enhancing drugs. People are pretty upset over the suspension not just because we are learning that the accomplishments of a former MVP were tainted, but because Braun so fiercely denied guilt over the past year and a half.

Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He escaped suspension for the positive test because of an error in the collection process of his urine sample. After winning his appeal on the technicality, Braun attacked the testing process, labeled himself a victim, and proclaimed his innocence.

Let’s recall some of the things Braun said during his Feb. 24, 2012 press conference (seen above). As we would learn 17 months later, Braun knew he was guilty the entire time and still made these statements.

“I tried to handle the whole situation with honor, with integrity, with class, with dignity and with professionalism because that’s who I am and how I lived my life.

“I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.

“I have always stood up for what is right. Today is about everybody who has ever been wrongly accused and everybody who has ever had to stand up for what is actually right.

“I will continue to take the high road because that’s who I am and that’s the way that I’ve lived my life. We won because the truth was on my side. The truth is always relevant and, at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.

“I am a victim of a process that completely broke down and failed in a way that it applied to me in this case.

“The system in the way that it was applied to me in this case was fatally flawed.”

That’s pretty bad, but it gets worse.

Ryan Braun issued this statement on Feb. 5, 2013 in response to being listed in Biogenesis documents:

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Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season, admits wrongdoing

Ryan BraunRyan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the MLB season for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to several athletes. Braun has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs despite evidence to the contrary. Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He escaped a 50-game suspension as a first-time offender of the MLB’s drug policy because his attorneys found an error with the collection process. Braun also explained his name appearing in the personal notes of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by saying his lawyers consulted Bosch when appealing his positive drug test.

After all the denials, Braun accepted his punishment from MLB and admitted wrongdoing in a statement. Here’s Braun’s statement via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“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.”

MLB must have presented Braun with overwhelming evidence for him to admit wrongdoing after over a year of denials. He also must have agreed to a 65-game suspension as a compromise with MLB (50 games are called for with a first violation, 100 games for a second).

[Related: All the lies Ryan Braun told about his PED use]

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball. “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 is earning $8.5 million this season, so the suspension will cost him about $3.4 million. It’s quite amazing that he has finally admitted wrongdoing after over a year of denials. He probably should have also apologized for lying the whole time.

Braun’s admission of wrongdoing also spells bad news for Alex Rodriguez and every other player tied to the scandal. That likely means all the evidence MLB has is credible.