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What Braun says could save his reputation

Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:41 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 8:44 pm
 
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ryan Braun beat the rap. But how bad of a hit did his reputation take in the process? And will a murky guilt-by-association tag hover over the rest of his career?

Well, that all depends. And it depends enormously on what he says when he arrives in Milwaukee's spring training camp on Friday.

In a perfect world, Braun being exonerated by the ruling Arbitration Panel would be enough. And maybe that should be enough. We live by the justice system in this country, and shouldn't it be enough to believe that justice prevailed here?

Of course, in a perfect world, Braun's failed performance-enhancing drug test never would have leaked in the first place. Privacy is part of the joint agreement between owners and players, and the PED stuff is all supposed to remain behind closed doors until the very end of the process, if a player winds up being suspended.

In this case, it didn't. And we know Braun tested positive for an incredibly high amount of testosterone. Rightly or wrongly, Braun has been boxed in because things leaked. He's said he is looking forward to the time when he can talk.

Well, that time is now. It will be Friday in Maryvale, Ariz.

According to sources, he beat the rap on a "chain-of-command" issue. Arbiter Shyam Das broke the panel's 1-1 deadlock by voting to uphold Braun's grievance, that his urine specimen, given on a Saturday, should have been immediately delivered to Fed Ex for shipping. Because of the weekend, the collector was instructed to take the specimen home, store it in a safe place and ship it on Monday.

Though the specimen was said to have no name attached and to have been sealed three different ways, because it sat for more than 48 hours, Braun won his appeal.

So what will Braun say, now that he's finally free to talk?

I hope he has some honest, heartfelt answers. I'd like to think he'll have a solid explanation for his heightened testosterone levels.

If he simply plays dumb and says he has no idea what happened or how any of this could have happened, it's not going to be enough to regain his full reputation. Shouldn't be that way, but it is. Especially because he's flat-out said he looks forward to the day when he can explain some of this.

Until this, Braun was one of the game's shining lights. With his case now closed, I hope he gives himself the chance to remain one.

Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:03 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

Wow look at all these haters.

 (1)Matt Kemp blah blah, Drew Brees had MVP numbers and lost to Arron Rodgers because Rodgers played on a team with a better record. I do not here Saints fans crying or Pats fans for that matter looking at Brady's numbers. (Patriot fans will cry about anything)
(jk)

 (2) Baseball wanted Braun to be cleared.  Yeah, the statement they released sure sounded like MLB is overjoyed by this.
 
 We were not supposed to even know he failed the test until today so I guess it gave everybody a way to talk all winter over nothing. I am glad to see this go through for Ryan not only cause I'm a Brewers fan but because it goes to show MLB that there are problems with their testing program and maybe they will go out and fix them.

I know there are many other cynical responses to Braun's guilt and whatever the case maybe he was found innocent, even though 80% percent of the comments from day one said he was guilty

 I am glad to live in America where you're guilty until proven innocent and even then you're still guilty once you're found innocent.

Can we all just get passed this now and actually enjoy the season?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:22 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

I hope he has some honest, heartfelt answers. I'd like to think he'll have a solid explanation for his heightened testosterone levels.
Scott, how is he supposed to have a solid explanation for a test that resulted in 3 times the highest level ever tested? Its not a heightened level it was the highest level ever tested. 3 TIMES higher than the highest ever tested? you dont think thats a little weird. C'mon Man.

How about you ask MLB and the testing lab to have a solid explanation for the test itself? How can someone have that high of a level? Could it be even possible to have that high of a level. These are some answers I want to have explained.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:30 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

BRAUN actually asked to have a DNA test done to confirm that the suspect sample was even his and MLB declined to have it done.  So who is more interested in the truth?  The most logical conclusion in light of the facts as now known is that a spiked sample was sent to the lab for reasons unknown and whoever contaminated the sample did a poor job as way too much testosterone was found to be believed that he had that much in his body.   



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Play Ball

MLB should appeal. Have it tested for DNA in this case, if it is not to late.
But Ultimately his play on the field will prove his innocent or guilt in the public eye.   



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:43 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

And btw, Bud Selig is responsible for the steroid era.  He let it be the level playing field to renew interest in baseball.  What a piece of dirt he is.


We can blame Selig for his part of the steroid error. But let's not forget who spends every day with these baseball players. The reporters! Reporter's watched these players 'balloon up' right in front of their eyes and never said boo! "Players are my friend and wont like me if I call them out!" Pu$$y's! Now, they want to hold the players accountable even when exonerated! I don't care if it was a technicality. Reporters need to MAN up and admit their failures and recognize they were not professional during this era. They were not willing to investigate or ask why a players head grew 4 inches in the offseason. Reporters helped remove the purity from the game!

  Congrats Ryan! Now I can add you to my keeper list!



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:39 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

Of course, seeing that he doesn't play for your favorite team, I am sure that you couldn't care less to see due process completed...   

Of couse, seeing that he does play for your favorite team you think he is innocent instead of not guilty. Too very different meaning.  O.J was found not guilty as well...just saying. Cool



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:07 pm
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

The Test did fail , MlB. Just did not follow the chain of command , that is a techanicality ... But make no mistake he is as dirty as Manny , Arod or Barry Bonds !
Yeah, and outside of the fact that MLB refuses to allow the sample to be DNA tested to prove it is Braun's, he is absolutely guilty.


There is a reason for chain of evedence. That is that they can prove with any doubt that the sample belongs to the tested palyer, and is not tampered with to ensure accuracy of the testing process. I a sure that if you were accused of something, you would like the evidence not to be able to be tampered with. And if it could be, I am absolutely sure that your lawyer would argue that in court, and that you would want him to. After all, would you want to be convicted with evidence that has been tampered with?


Of course, seeing that he doesn't play for your favorite team, I am sure that you couldn't care less to see due process completed...   

   


   


   



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:27 am
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

The Test did fail , MlB. Just did not follow the chain of command , that is a techanicality ... But make no mistake he is as dirty as Manny , Arod or Barry Bonds !



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:27 am
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

The Test did fail , MlB. Just did not follow the chain of command , that is a techanicality ... But make no mistake he is as dirty as Manny , Arod or Barry Bonds !



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:57 am
 

What Braun says could save his reputation

They just leaked it but he never failed it.


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