Report: Could Braun, MLB strike 'deal' about possible PED suspension?
Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio announced a five-year contract extension worth $105 million for all-star outfielder Ryan Braun through the 2020 season at Miller Park Thursday, April 21, 2011. Image by Benny Sieu
NEW YORK - There seems to be the possibility that Brewers slugger Ryan Braun could make a settlement with Major League Baseball about a possible suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a published report.
The New York Daily News' Bill Madden and Teri Thompson say that when MLB and Braun met about the allegations, "According to one of the baseball sources, MLB is believed to have brought up the possibility of a settlement in its meeting with Braun, who might also consider a deal, as would other players involved."
The article didn't elaborate on the length of a possible "deal" for a suspension. MLB drug policy mandates 50 games for a first offense of the policy, 100 games for a second offense.
There had been reported "chatter" about a possible lifetime suspension for Braun, though Journal Sentinel Brewers writer and 620WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt played down that possibility.
Braun and Yankees star Alex Rodriguez are reportedly among a couple dozen players in the crosshairs of a long MLB investigation into the now-closed firm Biogenesis, which allegedly gave MLB players performance-enhancing substances.