Mark Attanasio, the principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, announced Sunday morning that he supports star player Ryan Braun, who is appealing a failed test for illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

After praise of Braun as a “model citizen in every sense of the word,” Attanasio’s statement reads, “Ryan has issued a statement that there are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case that will support his complete innocence and demonstrate that there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program.

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“We are dealing with an incomplete set of facts and speculation.  Before there is a rush to judgment, Ryan deserves the right to be heard.  We are committed to supporting Ryan to get to the truth of what happened in this unfortunate situation.”

Braun’s statement, issued through spokesman Matthew Hiltzik, asserted that there was “no intentional violation” of Major League Baseball’s drug program, and that the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player “will ultimately be exonerated.”

The case is expected to be resolved in a couple of months. If Braun doesn’t prevail in his appeal of the finding, he will serve a 50-game suspension to begin the 2012 season.