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Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:19 pm
 
Ryan BraunBy C. Trent Rosecrans

National League MVP Ryan Braun will appear at this Saturday's Baseball Writers Association of America dinner, as CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reported earlier this month. But the question remains if he'll say anything regarding his positive drug test last season?

Braun's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, told the New York Times on Wednesday that Braun would show up, accept the award and make a short speech.

However, Braun, who hasn't made any public statements since news broke that he'd failed the drug test in October, isn't expected to do any interviews.

Braun, and other winners of the BBWAA awards, are expected to attend the dinner. It seems unlikely that he will address the failed test before his appeal is ruled upon by MLB.

Braun and his representatives have steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, while admitting the positive drug test.

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Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Guilty of zero?  He failed a drug test.  What are you thinking?



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

This guy is nothing more than a cheater.  If MLB had any balls, they would take away his MVP award and suspended him for several
months.  What a joke. 


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:08 pm
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Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

i think he should bench press the trophy 100 times just to show everybody that he is naturally strong and doesn't need no stinking drugs to hit de ball out de park.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Raruol,  are you living under a rock?

its is FACT that he had the HIGHEST LEVEL TESTOSTERONE EVER TESTED..

in no way can ACYCLOVIR (herpes tx)  cause such elevated TESTOSTERONE levels..

BIGGEST CHEAT AND FRAUD EVER...

he should give the award to KEMP at awards dinner



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Ryan Braun is currently guilty of precisely zero. As such, he should collect his award and should not comment on the rumours.

As others have said, the comments about his drug test breach confidentiality rules and as such we should not discuss them as it is totally unethical to do so. The confidentiality breach is the only crime to be seen here so far.

Whether or not he is found guilty is currently irrelevant as he is not charged.

If an official statement is made, then let the debate begin. Until/Unless that happens, we should all ignore the stories because the only information leaked is that which entices the press. For all we know there is plenty of other information which is being kept from us, beacause a guilty MVP is much bigger news than an innocent one.

Let the rumour-mongers debate the rumours, and if rumours become fact then fine.

If he is found to have done nothing wrong (which remains possible) then I will be interested to see how many apologies and retractions appear on this site (the answer of course will be none).

PS For those looking for an agenda, I am not a Braun fan, or a Brewers fan, or have any other reason to be on his side. Just nice to see us behave like adults, rather than a baying mob.
It isn't a rumor, he really failed the test.  Next...



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:43 am
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Ryan Braun is currently guilty of precisely zero. As such, he should collect his award and should not comment on the rumours.

As others have said, the comments about his drug test breach confidentiality rules and as such we should not discuss them as it is totally unethical to do so. The confidentiality breach is the only crime to be seen here so far.

Whether or not he is found guilty is currently irrelevant as he is not charged.

If an official statement is made, then let the debate begin. Until/Unless that happens, we should all ignore the stories because the only information leaked is that which entices the press. For all we know there is plenty of other information which is being kept from us, beacause a guilty MVP is much bigger news than an innocent one.

Let the rumour-mongers debate the rumours, and if rumours become fact then fine.

If he is found to have done nothing wrong (which remains possible) then I will be interested to see how many apologies and retractions appear on this site (the answer of course will be none).

PS For those looking for an agenda, I am not a Braun fan, or a Brewers fan, or have any other reason to be on his side. Just nice to see us behave like adults, rather than a baying mob.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:51 am
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

The real humor in this is watching people who don't know the facts, don't know the MLB drug policy, and don't understand the medical and chemical reasons why someone could fail a drug test are jumping to the conclusion that Braun intentioanlly cheated to try to enhance his performance. Never mind that, except for the fact that somebody somewhere grossly violated the confidentiality provisions of the MLB policy and federal law, we would never know this was going on. If things were proceeding they way they should be, the public wouldn't know about the failed drug test now and wouldn't know about it unless and until Braun's appeal is over. If and when the suspension is official, Braun will be free to offer his explanation and the public can accept it or reject it. When the facts come out, maybe Braun will be found to have been extremely careless and stupid about the medication that he took without seeking an exemption as allowed by MLB policy. But, that's different than intentionally cheating to enhance performance.


I could compare it to Dustin Johnson's penalty on the last hole of the 2010 PGA tournament. He was foolish for not being sure that he was or wasn't in a bunker before grounding his club, and was penalized accordingly. But, just because he violated a rule and was penalized for it doesn't mean he cheated, because cheating requires an element of intent to violate the rules to gain an advantage. The MLB drug policy has a similar "strict liability" standard that imposes penalties regardless of intent.


I for one am willing to wait for everything to come out before I decide how I feel about Braun. Those of you who have already branded Braun as a cheater who intentionally used PED's would probably have been in favor of hanging Richard Jewell for the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing based on media reports. If you don't know what I'm talking about, look it up. Maybe it will cause some of you to open your minds.     
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:51 am
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

During the Olympics, if ANY athlete tests positive for a banned substance, doesnt he/she have to return the medal they won? Sounds like maybe we need the International Olympic Committee to help run MLB. Is this really the message we are teaching our children???? "yeah its ok to cheat if your trying to win, because there are no consequences even if you get caught." 

No wonder everone is cheating these days, apparently you dont get in any trouble




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:42 am
 

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Wow, what a tool, an OSU fan complaining about cheating. Catch a clue, Nostradamus.



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