For now, yes, this doesn't look so good for baseball, simply because the suspension doesn't come from the drug testing program but from a lengthy, messy investigation of Biogenesis.
"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement. "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."
But even his teammates are happy Braun got suspended, as should everyone. He lied to everyone, particularly after he won his appeal after a first suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in 2012.
Braun was supposed to be the Brewers' face of the franchise, but now he's turned into Lance Armstrong. This is so much bigger than Melky Cabrera's suspension last season because of that fact.
Braun's image and reputation are rightly destroyed. It will actually help baseball to have an active, premier face to the steroid problem. He'll be booed in every stadium for the rest of his career for this fact.
They will both serve as a deterrent to other players to use steroids. In this social media-driven world, the shame will spread faster than ever and help clean up the game.
And that's why Braun's suspension is good for baseball.
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