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Ryan Braun Removed From ‘Jewish Sports Stars’ Children’s Book Cover

The Milwaukee Brewers star has seemingly lost everything, including hero status in the Jewish community

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 25th, 2013 in Culture » Books » News
Ryan Braun was replaced on the book's cover by Sandy Koufax

Milwaukee Brewers star, Ryan Braun, has lost everything over the past few months. Due to the Biogenesis PED scandal that he repeatedly denied until caught red-handed, Braun has forfeited playing time with his team, his $3.4 million salary, his restaurants, good friends, thousands of fans, and now, hero status in the Jewish community.

Braun was scheduled to appear on the cover of David J. Goldman’s upcoming book, ‘Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes, Past and Present’ alongside Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman. The children’s book was initially set for an August release, but due to Braun’s PED scandal and 65-game suspension, the publisher decided to hold off.

Kar-Ben, Goldman’s publishing company, decided to replace Braun’s image with baseball legend, Sandy Koufax. Although they admit Braun is a wonderful baseball player, their decision was based upon his public reputation and inability to serve as a role model for young kids.

“While Ryan Braun is a very talented baseball player and we were originally excited to have a contemporary sports figure of his talent and stature with such a strong identification to his Jewish heritage on the cover, there was no question that, after the steroids scandal surfaced, his image was tarnished and he was no longer appropriate to serve as a role model for Jewish kids,” Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben told Publisher’s Weekly.

Braun will still be included in the book, on pages 6-8. Instead of removing him entirely, the publisher’s added a short blurb to the book’s back flap acknowledging his association with PED’s.

Related articles: Ryan Braun, Jewish Sports Stars, Baseball, PED, Steroids, Biogeneis, Milwaukee Brewers, Scandal
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