Appeal pending, Braun to skip Brewers fan fest 

The Milwaukee Brewers says NL MVP Ryan Braun will not attend the team's fan festival this weekend because it's too "sensitive" a period for the slugger who awaits a decision of his appeal of a 50-game suspension under baseball's drug policy.

Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio says in a statement Wednesday Braun and the team "came to the conclusion that this is too sensitive of a time in the confidential process for him to attend this year." Attanasio thanked fans for their understanding and patience. The team's "Brewers On Deck" event will be held Sunday.

Braun's appeal was heard in New York last week. He stayed in the city to accept the MVP award at a dinner Saturday but referred to the possible suspension only in passing during a speech.

ESPN.com first reported in December that Braun had tested positive in October.

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