Ryan Braun’s Suspension
May 1, 2016
Ethics & Social Justice
ethics, social responsibility, sports management
Journal of Case Studies
After the Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) 2011 season, a report surfaced that Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers had tested positive for use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), a violation of MLB rules. Braun claimed the results were a mistake and successfully appealed the suspension. He played the entire 2012 season without incident, but a report in 2013 indicated that MLB was considering suspending Braun and other players because of connections to a clinic that had allegedly distributed PEDs. Braun initially maintained his innocence, and he did not admit his mistakes until after MLB suspended him for the final 65 games of the 2013 season. Should Braun have admitted his mistakes after the positive test in 2011? What could he do after the 2013 suspension to negate the harm his actions caused for his teammates, MLB, and fans?