Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp thinks Ryan Braun should be stripped of his 2011 National League Most Valuable Player honor.
“I mean, yeah, I do,” said Kemp, via the Associated Press. “I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”
Kemp finished runner-up in voting to the Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger. Braun finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes, while Kemp had 332 and 10.
Braun, a five-time All-Star, agreed Monday to a 65-game suspension for unspecified violations of baseball’s drug rules and labor contract.
“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said. “I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed. That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organization, a lot of his teammates. I think a lot of people feel that way.”
Kemp’s teammate Skip Schumaker said Monday that Braun should receive a lifetime ban.
“Talking about things like this is very, very touchy,’ Kemp said. “It’s weird. Me, I don’t like to talk about this stuff but I feel like I have to a little bit.
“Skip did come out and say some things and he said how he felt,” Kemp added. “A lot of players don’t do that but you respect guys who come out and say what they feel because that’s what you respect, the truth.”
Kemp was not in the lineup Tuesday night for the second straight game because of a sore left ankle.