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Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

Brewers star left fielder and reining NL MVP Ryan Braun won his appeal against a failed drug test Thursday. In the aftermath of the decision, Braun released a statement.

Here is the entire statement, in full (again, everything that follows is from Braun himself):

"I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision.

It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.

We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances.

I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.

I would like to thank my family and friends, my teammates, the Brewers organization led by Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash and Ron Roenicke, and other players around the league who have expressed their support and our great fans in Milwaukee and around the country who stuck by me and did not rush to judgment.

I'd also like to offer special thanks to Michael Weiner and the Players Association for believing in me since day one and to my attorneys.

I'd like to thank my agent Nez Balelo and Terry Prince of CAA Sports and Matthew Hiltzik of Hiltzik Strategies for all of their help and counsel through the process.

This is not just about one person, but about all current and future players, and thankfully, today the process worked.

Despite the challenges of this adversarial process, I do appreciate the professionalism demonstrated by the Panel Chair and the Office of the Commissioner. 

As I said before, I’ve always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball.

Everything I’ve done in my career has been with that respect and appreciation in mind.

I look forward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Friday and then returning the focus to baseball and working with my Brewers teammates on defending our National League Central title."

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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:28 am

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Yes!! He wins the appeal, but still loses!
There are going to be people that believe he cheater.  Only he and god knows for sure.  With that being said how is it that the collector/ carrier leave the sample in his house for a couple of days? This is MLB right? Then it tests at levels never seen before in a human!  Come on, The second test is negative.  If the levels are as high as they said in the 1st test there is no way he would not fail the 2nd.  The human will not fush it's system that fast.
Now his 2 problems are getting his name cleared and how to get people from saying "See I told you he cheated, his numbers are down this year."  Not having Prince will take a toll!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:04 am

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

As soon as he heard he tested positive, he requested a 2nd test. It came back negative. Kinda makes you wonder if someone was out to get him. 

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:27 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

the whole selig/brewers angle is he dumbest arguement. Selig hasn't been affiliated with the operations of thebrewers since 04. If anything he'd probably prefer the brewers to suck so he looked less inept as an owner and president 

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:55 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

I agree with dgonaz 100%.  it was the more efficient and smarter way for him to 'clear' his name. he would have had a hard time debating the scientific aspect of it all.  I personally think he is innocent.  he has been putting up similar numbers every year...actually last year's HR totals were down from previous years when he was tested.  we should not have even known ANYTHING until the looming suspension was upheld after the appeal went thru and we all would be none the wiser but MLB leaked the story and (obviously) the public perception is guilty from the get-go.  what happened to innocent until proven guilty folks?  well he proved his innocence....somebody at some point was going to get a ruling overturned.  Proper protocol wasn't followed with the sample and it became a 'flawed sample' at that point.  his numbers are prolly gonna drop this season as well with the loss of Fielder.  the AVG, runs and SB will be there though along with 20+ HR.

Congrats Braun!!  I believe    

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:32 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

MLB couldnt follow their own rules in terms of sampling procedure, MLB couldnt handle the CONTRACTUAL oligation to a confidential appeal process either.....

If you had to take a drug test, and some yahoo threw it in the fridge next to his PBR and half eaten ham sandwich for the weekend....and then you tested positive.....(and you didnt do anything to cause it) what would you do?

It could very well be that Braun did not do what the faulty test his name has been dragged through the mud and the test was not legit....

I am sure he will get many more chances this season to continue to show he is not using....

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:03 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

My biggest problem with this whole thing is out of all the testing that the MLB does throughout the year. Why was this MVP's sample handled wrong? Im sure it doesnt have anything to do with the Brewers/Selig and the millions of dollars the Brewers could loose not making the playoffs in 2012.  

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:03 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

He won and since nobody else has won in arbitration, he must have deserved to win.  All I know being a St. Louis Cardinals fan, the Brewers will be a much better team for 50 games.  If he is innocent this is good for baseball and the system.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

What a total disgrace! This now sets a precedent for future challenges and opens the flood gates for wide spread abuse going forward. Mark it down.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:35 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Play Ball!!!!!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:45 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

I do not know how he convinced the Arbiter, but I am happy to see the knew precedent.  Some guys can now look forward to winning future appeals.

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