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July 24, 2013

Players deplore doping rather than defend users

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New York expects A-Rod could face a much harsher penalty than the one Braun agreed to, a second person familiar with the case said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The Yankees anticipate Rodriguez could be accused of using PEDs over multiple seasons, of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, of attempting to obstruct MLB's investigation, and of not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a U.S. federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs from Canada into the United States.

Players have the right to have an arbitrator decide whether discipline meets the "just cause" standard in baseball's drug agreement. Braun's decision not to fight led others to conclude a grievance would have been futile.

"Obviously the evidence was overwhelming, and it must have been a mountain of it," Tygart said.

"I think it speaks volumes for the generation of athletes today who don't want to be forced to make the same mistakes of the past generation who felt compelled in order to compete to use these dangerous drugs," he said. "I think absolutely that's a huge sign that the culture has turned in a huge direction from where it was in the late '90s and early 2000s."

In the wake of Braun's suspension, a chain of 300 convenience stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa cut ties with him. Gary Gonczy, director of marketing and advertising for Kwik Trip, Inc., said in an email Tuesday that the company will no longer use Braun as a spokesman.

Despite Braun's ban, Kemp has no shot at claiming the MVP trophy. The Baseball Writers' Association of America has said repeatedly that it will not revisit any of its award votes.

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