Embattled Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun married his fiancée, Larisa Fraser on Saturday.
Braun, 30, married his 24-year-old partner in Malibu, Calif., the Daily Mail reports. Details on the nuptials are scant, but the ceremony was reportedly limited to close friends and family.
Fraser, a model and proprietor of the popular “Model Eats” food blog, took to her personal website on Monday to express her excitement over the wedding. “Saturday I married the man of my dreams,” she wrote. “It was perfect. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with us and for all of the well wishes!” The Daily Mail has exclusive photos of Braun’s wedding, which can be viewed here.
In the days leading up to the wedding, Braun spoke to the media for the first time since accepting a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The former National League MVP told reporters that his baseball-related issues hadn’t affected his relationship with Fraser in any way. In fact, Braun claimed that wedding planning was far more stressful than any baseball-related issues he may have had.
"I think my relationships with all my friends and family have actually gotten stronger,” Braun said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I don't think it's been overly stressful. Dealing with the wedding has been far more stressful than this situation. So, we're doing well."
The suspension for PED use wasn’t the only obstacle that the couple’s relationship had to endure. In August, Ralph Sasson, Braun’s former friend and close associate, sued the Brewers star for defamation. In the “request for admissions” portions of his lawsuit, Sasson asked that, among other things, Braun admit that he cheated on Fraser.
“Admit that YOU have engaged in infidelities in every amorous relationship YOU have engaged in including YOUR current relationship with Ms. Fraser,” Sasson requested of Braun in the lawsuit. Braun never addressed the allegations in public.
Braun was initially accused of PED use in 2011, when he failed a urine test shortly after his MVP campaign. However, the Brewers star managed to successful appeal that result in 2012, and appeared to have put rumors of steroid use behind him.
But in February 2013, Braun was linked to Tony Bosch’s BioGenesis clinic, which allegedly distributed PEDs to over a dozen MLB players including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Ultimately, Braun admitted to his PED use, and accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball officials. “It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately,” Braun said in a statement last August.