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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: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:43 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

For those who complain about him getting off on a technicality in all honesty it was just the best case for him to make.  The drug test if it were faulty as he claims and backs up with his additional drug test would be difficult if not impossible to show how it went faulty, the normal way would be immediately taking another but there was a two day lapse after so that can be questioned by some.  It was simply easier to make the case as he did because that was simple and straight forward.  It isn't an addmission to using a substance, it is simply taking the easiest road in showing fault with how his test was done that could be verified.

Not saying that to say he is innocent or guilty, simply stating from a legal standpoint it was the obvious thing to do if you found out that your sample was improperly handled.  He could have fought the result and may or may not have cleared his name and suspension or he could fight the handling and almost certainly get better results so it was just the smarter move to make.  As for completely clearing his name there simply isn't a way to do that, once an accusation is made on any player whether guilty or not their name is sullied forever with a large enough amount of people that their will always be questions.  So he didn't completely clear his name but he couldn't have done that anyway, he did overturn his suspension which is the best he could do.  

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:40 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

syeely, why don't you give it up and just admit that you don't know anything about what has happened and that you rushed to a judgment without knowing anything. You have made yourself look foolish all along and you're just compounding it now.

If you want to believe that the arbitrator (who has always ruled against the players in the past) ruled in Braun's favor without a good reason to question the validity of the test, you are entitled to do that. But I don't understand why you wouldn't keep that opinion to yourself instead of publicly embarrassing yourself.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:27 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Classy?  Hey Brinkie, are you really that naive to think Ryan wrote those words and not his lawyer or PR rep?  C'mon brutha!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:22 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

So now we shouldn't trust any of the past drug test results?

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

This statement just shows what a classy guy Ryan is.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:02 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

His name won't get repaired. He will continue to be hounded, because he failed the test and got off on a technicality that MLB didn't agree on. His name will always be tainted now and the talk will get worse if his stats dip at any point this or next season.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:47 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Braun had made a good statement, but for some people would never believe that Braun is Innocent. I only read both of Braun articles to see how many people believe that he is still guilty

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:58 pm

Ryan Braun's statement about winning appeal

Who is this statement from, Ryan Braun or Lance Armstrong?

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