Ryan Braun Fan Stuck With $15K in Memorabilia After Drug Suspension

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Friday, 26 Jul 2013 04:00 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Ryan Braun fan Nick Yohanek, who amassed $15,000 worth of memorabilia for the baseball player, was very disappointed after the Milwaukee Brewers All-Star was handed a drug suspension on Monday that will keep him out the rest of the season.

Yohanek told WITI-TV in Milwaukee that the hardest part of Braun's 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball was telling his 7-year-old daughter Clara about it. He said he had to explain to her what performance enhancing drugs were and why they were illegal.

"He lied to people," Clara told WITI-TV when asked about Braun. "And it’s disappointing that he did that and it just doesn’t sound like him."

The MLB suspended the former National League MVP without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

"He was a clean cut guy,” Yohanek told WITI-TV. "He was humble. There’s a guy you want to follow."

Yohanek told the television station after he collected his first Braun item, a pair of game-used cleats and his rookie bat, he was "all in on Ryan Braun – from the beginning."

The Braun collection now occupies a full display case in Yohanek's basement, according to the WITI-TV. He said he still considers it a good investment, but has decided to pack the memorabilia away for now.

"It’s arrogant, and it’s just at a different level," Yohanek said Braun's doping charges. "I can’t explain it. He must have felt pretty invincible to do that."

Braun was accused of having elevated levels of testosterone and traces of synthetic testosterone in a sample supplied during an October 2011 drug test, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Braun vigorously fought the accusations and the pending suspension was overturned by an arbitrator before the start of the 2012 season because of a technicality in handling procedures.

"As part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third-party review for instances that are under dispute,” read a statement from MLB in losing that 2012 appeal to Braun. "While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das."

Braun's name came up again earlier this year in connection with the investigation of the now closed Miami clinic Biogenesis, leading to the current suspension, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Related stories:

Ryan Braun Accepts 65-Game Drug Suspension

A-Rod Lifetime Ban Possible in Drug Scandal Sources Tell Media

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