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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 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: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:40 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Yes, a cheater is a cheater, but cheating is not the only way to fail a drug test and not all PED cheaters fail drug tests.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:23 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

wow, are you writing this post from your prision cell?.... because almost every person in jail believed that selfish advancement was above the rules, or what we sane people call the law, wake up, a cheater is a cheater...

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:55 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

"yeah,um, I'd first like to thank my dealer, without him I wouldn't be getting this award today..."

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:35 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

You and others on this site have ruthlessly called him a cheater and a fraud, among other things. You stated in one of your other posts that it does not matter why he did it, that he is a cheater none the less. This is completely wrong! This is all about intent... If his intent was to work the system and gain an advantage, then circle the wagons, call him whatever you want and take his MVP. If his intent was to take care of himself for current and future well being, then he is not a cheater. He may have been stupid and not taken enough accountabiliy in what a doctor was giving him or accountability in letting the Brewers or MLB know of his condition but this DOES NOT make him a cheater. You said it yourself, you have not seen any proof of the alleged medical condition... huh, that must mean there isn't one right? Your twisting of the word "potential" is brutal. "Potential" is used when there are uncertanties that the masses don't know about. I'm sorry to say it because it will probably hurt your ego but you are part of the masses.

You and others also continue to use the acronym PED. It has already been stated that he didn't fail the test for using a PED. He failed if for using a banned substance. In this case, a synthetic testosterone which is not a PED. I can handle the 50 game suspension for being stupid and breaking the rule but if it comes out he was getting treatment for herpes, testicular cancer or frickin ebola and not trying to gain an advantage then I hope you all rot for calling him a cheater and a fraud. Life is more important than the sport you endear.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:29 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

Rumor is Manny Ramirez will be in attendance.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:42 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

82Brewers and All, it isn't about whether he won the award because he was juiced, the issue is black and white, he failed the drug test.  Period.  You don't have to be a hater to accept that fact.  He's getting the award.  Be happy.If the failed drug test had been known beforehand he might not have been MVP.  We will never know.  Those of us who don't like it will just live with it.  And Braun will forever have the cloud of doubt hanging over his head.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:37 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

I really do not care about all the negativity being thrown down our throats by the social media and the Braun haters; I believe Braun is inocent of taking somethin INTENTIONALLY. Now he may still be given the 50 day vacation because he was 'at the wrong place at the wrong time', but Braun did not take anything intentionally to improve his game. All of you sudden Braun haters out there, look at his stats: they have NEVER CHANGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of his numbers this year are actually off from previous years. And you guys that keep harping on the 'Kemp should have won anyway' - give it a rest already; really tired of hearing that s..t!

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:24 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

I think everyone is missing the point of this drug test.  It's not about the result or the rule, but the fact this is in the media at this stage of the process.  Where is the outrage for that?

There's a law called HIPPA, and I won't claim to be a legal expert but the law protects the privacy of a persons' medical records.  If any one of you reading have had something done - dental, doctor, etc. your personal medical records are protected by this law from being distributed to anyone outside of the realm of your treatment.  It is a federal crime to distribute your medical records to anyone, especially the MEDIA!

Ryan Braun had an incomplete drug sceening process, and a potential (and personal) medical issue contributing to the result.
I get your point Titletown, but there are two separate issues.  Yes, whoever leaked the information early (HIPPA is not strictly applicable because some privacy was waived in that the results had to be released to MLB or the drug testing is useless and, if suspended for PED use the media would know that as well) should be held accountable but that does not excuse Braun's use (alleged) of any banned substance.  You or I, not being professional athletes and having signed the CBA would be in a little different position.

I will disagree however that "Ryan Bruan had an incomplete drug screening process".  His "A" sample has been tested, when it was positive his "B" sample was tested and positive.  The screening process was complete, what is not complete is Braun appealing the results of that process.  That might be a little nit-picky of me but that is where the matter sits.  Also, I have not seen any proof of the alleged "potential medical issue contributing to the result" and will point out you either have a medical issue or you don't, there is nothing potential about it.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:22 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

While Ryan Braun hasn't had any character issues in a long, long time, his integrity is being questioned. He will be watched closely, with people watching his every move. Does he deserve the MVP? Maybe. But Matt Kemp should have won, even if Braun tested negative. This is bull, and I strongly disagree with the voting of this MVP, just like the Verlander case. This year has been unfair. Very very unfair.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:13 pm

Braun to make speech at BBWAA dinner Saturday

If he was under a doctors care for whatever he will get a slap on the wrist. This is not like Bonds who gained 40 lbs over 1 off season. give the Man his day in court.
Nope -- under the drug testing policy it doesnt matter if a doctor prescribed it.  If it is a banned substance, it is banned and you are suspended 50 games.  They have to do it that way or you'd have a loophole you could drive a truck throught--otherwise you'd have all kinds of players "under a doctors care for whatever" being prescribed HGH, uppers, roids and all kinds of things on the banned substance list.

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