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Victorino: Braun ban 'unfortunate' for game

BOSTON -- While some members of the Red Sox declined to comment on Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun’s suspension, right fielder Shane Victorino spoke up.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation. Speaking from a guy I know personally, been on two WBC teams with and played against him all those years, it’s very unfortunate,” Victorino said. “He stood up for it today, took the brunt of it.

“It’s a sad situation, I look at the game of baseball. Is there more, who knows? People talk about there’s more, more to come, but I worry about what I’ve got to worry about and not worry about what’s being said. Rumors are rumors until they’re solidified like today’s situation, we’ll worry about it then.”

Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season, a total of 65 games, for "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," according an MLB statement.

Victorino saw it as a step in the right direction.

“If somebody’s cheating in your job, you’d probably feel the same way if they were succeeding and being considered the best at their job, not just baseball, any job,” he said. “And I think that’s where it gets unfortunate. As people say, you want everybody to be on a level playing field, but hey, individuals make choices to do things like that.

“It’s unfortunate for the game. Very unfortunate for the game of baseball.”