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July 24, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Aaron Rodgers can breathe a little easier today -- Todd Sutton isn't going to insist the Green Bay Packers hand over his entire salary from last year just because Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for violating baseball's drug policy. “I'd just take a game check,” a laughing Sutton told USA Today Sports on Tuesday. According to the newspaper's calculations, that would be $281,250 -- which is just a fraction of the $4.5 million Rodgers made last season but a nice chunk of change to make off a silly little Twitter exchange.
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SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech. There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
I hate Ryan Braun. And I hate Lance Armstrong. Yes, it's because they're cheaters. Yes, it's because they've cast a pall over their sports, one of which -- baseball -- I happen to love. And yes, it's because I have two sons whom I've shared that love of baseball with, and now that's tarnished for all of us. But it's something more too. After all, sports is, sadly, rife with cheaters. Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and a cast of hundreds in baseball . Likewise in cycling: I mean, who isn't cheating in cycling?
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Steve Thompson believed it when Ryan Braun said, time and again, he had never used performance-enhancing drugs. So Thompson, who was Braun's coach at Granada Hills High, was among the many Monday who reacted glumly after the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder finally acknowledged he had violated Major League Baseball's basic agreement and joint drug prevention and treatment program. Braun, the 2011 National League most valuable player, accepted a 65-game suspension without pay, ending his season.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
TORONTO - Matt Kemp used to refer to Ryan Braun as a friend. He often supported Braun when public opinion was against the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, including when Braun's positive drug test was overturned on a technicality last year. Tuesday, Kemp said Braun should be stripped of the National League most-valuable-player award he won in 2011. Braun accepted a 65-game suspension on Monday for violating baseball's drug policy. "Do I feel like it should be stripped?" Kemp said.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
On the worst day of this baseball season, Ryan Braun wasn't the only thing suspended. So too was the belief that in this era of stringent testing and severe penalties, most baseball players should be considered innocent until proved dirty. Wrong. Your favorite oversized or incredibly improved player must now be questioned, even doubted, because if somebody with little motive and zero pressure such as Ryan Braun can be such an incredible cheater and liar, this list of fellow miscreants must be very long indeed.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
TORONTO - Matt Kemp used to call Ryan Braun his friend. He supported Braun when Braun successfully overturned a 2011 positive drug test. He never complained about how Braun beat him out for the National MVP award that year. Tuesday, Kemp said he felt let down by the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who accepted a 65-game suspension the previous day for violating baseball's drug policy. “I'm disappointed,” Kemp said. “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.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One of the most encouraging things to come out of the Ryan Braun suspension is not the indignation from the media and fans, but the players. There's some real outrage out there from players and they're speaking up louder than ever. The clean guys are fed up. They want an even playing field. Braun made it easier for them with his lies and accusations against Dino Laurenzi Jr., whose great crime was collecting a vial of Braun's urine during his first infamous go-round with steroids.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
There is a titillating chart accompanying this column that lists the actual winners of baseball's MVP and Cy Young awards if every phony winner who was busted for steroids was stripped of the prize. Ignore it. My editors wasted their time. The list is as worthless as a Ryan Braun promise ring. The reason is as obvious as Braun's lies. How can you insist a cheater give up an award to someone who also may have cheated? So goes the real shame in Braun's season-ending PED suspension from the Milwaukee Brewers this week.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be several million dollars poorer today. And some guy named Todd Sutton should be that much richer. All because Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. And because of a now-deleted bet between Rodgers and Sutton last year. Back in February 2012, Braun had a 50-game suspension for basically the same charges overturned, with an arbitration panel finding concerns with the way the player's urine samples were handled.
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