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Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 9:44 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will not serve a suspension for a positive drug test late last season, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This means arbitrator Shyam Das ruled Braun was not guilty in his failed test -- which showed elevated testosterone levels.

The appeal was held in front of Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Das, a third-party arbitrator. The chain of custody of the sample is where Braun won the appeal. His side argued it was improperly handled and there must have been enough evidence to convince Das.

The sample in question was collected on Oct. 1, a Saturday and the day the Brewers opened the NL playoffs. The collector did not send the sample to the laboratory until Monday, thinking it would be more secure at home than at a Federal Express office during the weekend. Baseball's drug agreement states that "absent unusual circumstances, the specimens should be sent by FedEx to the laboratory on the same day they are collected."

Major League Baseball, for one, is not happy. Here's the statement released by MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred:

Braun wins appeal
“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our Clubs and all of the players who take the field. It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.

“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute. While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision "a real gut-kick to clean athletes."

Das has been baseball's independent arbitrator since 2000 and this is the first successful drug test-related appeal.

Positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs have been relatively rare under the major league testing program, with just two others in 2011: Tampa Bay outfielder Manny Ramirez and Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo. Ramirez at first retired rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second positive test. Now that he wants to play again and since he missed most of last year, he will only need to serve a 50-game penalty.

Braun has maintained his innocence since word of his positive test leaked after the Winter Meetings. Sources told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that when Braun found out he had tested positive for a banned substance he requested a second test, which came up negative. Braun then appealed the first failed test, and the results were supposed to stay confidential, but an ESPN report outed Braun's test on December 10 and the story has been lingering since then.

Braun, 28, won the NL MVP in 2011 when he hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 homers, 111 RBI and 109 runs for the NL Central-winning Brewers. He will join his teammates in Brewers camp Friday, as scheduled.

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lilonstitch1
Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:24 am
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Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:24 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

most of the Yankees titles where won before Steriods where even around with Ruth and Gehrig , they did have the steriods run in the late 90's and the Red Sox have won 6 championships not 2



Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:21 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

That does not make him innocent , he still failed the test !!  it is the same if a cop arrests you and doesn't read you your rights and in this case the guy did not take it to the lab right away , the test is still a postitive  and Braun is still dirty he just got lucky that is all .....



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:20 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Ok lets say for argument sake that Clemens and Petitte used roids.And you admit Manny and Big Papi did that does not change the fact the Yankees have 27 titles and the Red Sox's have 2.



Ran out of arguments, huh?

By the way, you should work on that grammar and arithmetic. Especially if you're planning to continue calling other people idiots.


lilonstitch1
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Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:14 am
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lilonstitch1
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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:09 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

laserrocket1 - Couldn't disagree with everything you said more than I do. Obviously PEDs artificially change performance for the better or the players wouldn't use them. It unlevels the playing field and changes sports from a competition amongst athletes to a competition amongst chemists. GO BALCO, GO. Since baseball has come down on steroids homeruns have decreased as have the number of power strikeout pitchers. That's great. Give me a purer competition every time. Is the temptation there? Of course it is, so what are you saying, it's OK to be a bank robber as long as you are smart enough to get away with it? As for Congress, don't even start with politics here - Congress has better things to do, but since they aren't getting anywhere with the better things, they might as well spend a minute amount of their time helping to keep American athletics cleaner. Enjoying things for what they are gets you corruption, deception, and anarchy - so, stop yourself with the acceptance of cheating and allow the rest of us to voice our opinions in support of doing the right thing.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:07 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

hey moron, read the article. the package did not make it to the "package handler" till monday, after being collected on saturday. the problem is with the "collector", not the package handler. and he didnt retest for a coulple of weeks, after the lab released their results. some things only need a cfew days to be flushed out of your system! Can you even read OR comprehend?



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:05 am
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

never said steroids from the eyes. i said drugs...


lilonstitch1
Since: Feb 23, 2012
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