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Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:17 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 5:51 pm
Michael WeinerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Major League Baseball Players Association knows who leaked Ryan Braun's positive drug test to ESPN, but is not considering a lawsuit, executive director Michael Weiner told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"The union is not," Weiner said when asked if they were considering legal action. "I guess I can't speak for Ryan on that point. That will be their decision. My sense is that what's done is done. I think that's also the best thing for everybody."

The leak came from someone whom the Braun defense team talked to in preparation for its case, the newspaper reported.

Weiner said the union does not believe there is an issue with confidentiality with MLB's drug program.

"Everyone associated with the case is extemely disappointed that it leaked out," Weiner told the newspaper. "I'm certain the leak was specific to this case. It does not threaten the confidentiality of the program and as I've said to players who have asked about that, confidentiality is as important as any aspect of this program.

"The program has a bunch of different goals but confidentiality is critical. If we felt there was any system-wide problem with respect to confidentiality, we really would have a problem. And that's not the case."

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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:24 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

If the leak did in fact originate from someone in the Braum camp who spoke to the person who did the leaking, Brauun has flimsy legal standing to sue, unless the leaker signed a confidentiality contract. Whoever did the leaking just shot his career in the a$$ because confidentiality is crucial and this person can never be trusted again.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:08 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

Hey BrpmxNYY, I believe you and I had a bit of an exchange on this topic a couple months ago. I had moved on from this, I thought, but I see no one else has. I find it amazing that someone who is a fan of the most historic franchise in the game is so concerned about us okies and our little team out here in the boonies. This was an appeal in front of an arbitration panel of 3 not a horrifying murder trial.

Yes, I am a gullible, adoring sucker. I’ve watched the kid play, have you? He’s fabulous. And I will never believe it all came from drugs. Excuse me, but haven’t there been a few Yankees accused of this?

Yes IbelieveRyan, we did have a brief amicable exchange on this before.  Good to hear from you again.

In regard to my Yankees, yes there have been a few Yankees accused of this.  The only difference is that the none of them got off on technicalities, and several of them have been the only MLB ballplayers to ever admit to having used PEDs at all.  That is admiral in and of itself, even though the fact they used is a point of contention to all baseball fans.

If Braun had had the courage to admit his use I would actually still like the guy.  Yes, I would not hold him in the same regard as I did before his PED use but I would admire him for standing up like a man and "doing his time after committing the crime" sort of speak.  Now he just looks like a snake in the grass for going the "OJ Simpson route" to avoid the same penalty many others have had to serve for the same crime Braun committed.  Granted, many would consider that smart and for that he does deserve credit, but to still proclaim his innocense while throwing an innocent "urine collector" under the bus is about as low as anyone can go.  I don't see how this man can get any sleep at night fully knowing that he wrongfully and maliciously ruined a man's reputation in an effort to save his own.  That is underhanded and scandalous and not the qualities inherent of a decent and honorable man.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:50 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

hey idiot, take the pats avatar off.  your a wickid shame.  show me someone who takes that amount of test and i guarantee they do not look like ryan braun.  you're a moron.


are you aware that there is a list of about 50 names that were exposed on the Mitchell report? Are you aware that of those 50 names, most of the guys on the list for using PED's were not guys that "looked" like they were using???

it is simple minded to believe that all guys on steroids blow up to be as big as Mcgwire and Bonds. Most are relief pitchers trying to strengthen muscle and speed recovery times in their shoulders.

look also at the Mitchell Report and realize that Barry Bonds sample from that test was not dirty, it was clean. The feds confiscated his test during the Balco fiasco and re-tested it with better technology. They were able to unmask the masking agents that most smart users put in their bodies. all of a sudden it was discovered that the sample was "dirty". To which Bonds never denied, he merely changed his argum,ent to basically say that he did use, but he did not know it was steroids at the time.... other words, how many other players were "masking" back in the early 2000's? The report says about 400 players were caught, about 50 of those names actually leaked, but how many more than 400 were also using?

bottom line here is you are wrong in saying that just because Braun doesn't look like an action hero he is innocent. That couldn't be more false.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:31 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

"Braun is guilty. you don't end up with almost 30 times the testosterone in a urine sample simply because it was not sent out right away or kept refridgerated"

hey idiot, take the pats avatar off.  your a wickid shame.  show me someone who takes that amount of test and i guarantee they do not look like ryan braun.  you're a moron.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:10 am
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Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:40 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

Right on chicks4free... I'm in the camp you describe.

Disappointed in Braun, a bit disgusted with the system, and not at all surprised at the venom that spews from the general populace.

If the topic came up at a GOP debate, the crowd would cheer the suggestion that Braun be broken on the rack to find the real truth.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:55 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

It is clear that people fall into one of three camps - the "Braun is a cheat and a liar" brigade whose minds were made up some time ago, the "Braun's test was so amazingly high that it cannot possibly have been correct, and anyway Braun just isn't the PED type so it must all be a mistake" crowd, and a small band of conspiracy theorists who question why this story was leaked (and who will also question why the guilty party who leaked it is not going to be prosecuted, implying that if this goes to court there is other information that is going to come out that could embarass someone rather a lot.
Sadly, your analsis is not "clear" at all.  There is a very LARGE fourth camp -- those who decided Braun was a cheat and a liar AFTER everything came out about the tamper-proof triple seals, no break in the chain of custody, and two identical results in the A and B samples that are not higher than anything ever measured before. This would be the camp that actually demonstrates clear and logical thinking and is most interested in the TRUTH, not technicalities and lawyers who spin the truth into lies, not blind hero worship.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:38 am

Union knows who leaked news of Ryan Braun test

The first thing, and most important concern. in any urinalysis is chain of custody. If you do not have that chain of custody the whole charge is thrown out. Any idiot, ANY IDIOT,  WITH A LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW knows this. If you do not have an intact chain of custody then you have just not done your duty, and have no basis to press charges. Braun is free and that is how justice works
Braun is free because this was not a criminal case. You're talking as if it were. He would have been 'free' even if the suspension had been upheld.

The so-called chain of custody was intact; there was no evidence otherwise. Braun's defense was that his samples weren't sent to the lab within the required time and therefore this nullifies the results. There was no evidence or even suggestion that the samples were tampered with, or were false positives. The basis for the 'charges' was the positive result for banned substances. As far as the claim by some Brewers fans that the test result was obviously a false positive due to the high reported level of testosterone, this evidentally didn't occur to Braun's legal team. Or, maybe, just maybe, it did occur to them, but then any idiot with a license to practive law (or an idiot who watches TV) knows you don't make such a challenge unless you know you are going to win it, and there's no reason to think Braun's legal advisors are idiots, is there?

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:13 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:05 pm

Braun charges are just B.S.

If the charge does not stick the guy is innocent, prosecuters that cannot prove their charges are just crybabys and intellectually short. Braun is innocent case closed. You fked up ur case, why should I have sympathy for you, LOL, The guy that has all the money of the state to work with. Geez what crybabies.

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