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Young athletes react to Braun suspension


MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The news of Ryan Braun's suspension is making its way to his youngest fans. 

Major League Baseball said Monday Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will be suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Tuesday, the news had already traveled fast. 27 News visited a Keva sports camp to find out how young athletes are learning the news that Braun took performance enhancing drugs and lied about it. 

Youth sports director Joel Ondercin says now is a good time to talk to kids about the controversy, and what's right and wrong for all athletes.

"The kids know that if they want to be an athlete when they get older, that they're going to have to do it the right way; they're going to have to work hard, they're going to have to play hard and they're going to be committed," says Ondercin. "Taking shortcuts only gets you in trouble."

Ondercin says a number of kids came in to camp Tuesday with a lot of questions, so the team of coaches talked about what happened as simply as possible.

"I was really confused because I actually went to a Brewer game a few days ago and they didn't say anything about it," says Laina Gustafson, 7. "I think he should just say sorry."

The kids we talked to had a few ideas of what should come next for Braun.

"I hope he'll tell Ron Roenicke that he's sorry for taking drugs," says 9-year-old Zachary Harrison, who still likes Braun despite the news. "He's a good player, he can hit a lot of home runs."

Plus, they're hopeful.

"I'm going to be sad that Ryan Braun is gone, but I hope that the Brewers still make it to the playoffs," says Daniel Johnson, 8. "If he does come back, I think he should try to make it up to his team at least and apologize."

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