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Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:20 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Ryan Braun will be coming to the Baseball Writers dinner Jan. 21 to pick up his National League MVP award. At least that’s what we hear. His position is that he did nothing wrong, and thus, has nothing to hide.

We hope that’s right. And maybe it is. Everyone should be presumed innocent. And in this case, we’re talking about a player who has been seen for a while as one of the brightest lights in the game, both on and off the field. Additionally, it shouldn’t even be known yet that he failed a test for a banned substance.

The Brewers star is the first major league player to have his confidentiality breached. So maybe he becomes the first to win a hearing and save himself the 50 games suspension (although, that part won’t be easy).

Braun certainly has expressed a lot of belief in his own innocence in the brief comments he’s made publicly, including one in which he said, “It’s BS.’’ It’s too bad that’s about all we’ve heard from Braun, as he is one of the most articulate players in the game. We will assume that he’s probably saving his best material for the hearing.

But what will he say then? Word around the game is that he will press “multiple issues,’’ including the testing process itself. That’s good. Because to win the case, he has to point out a flaw in the system.

One thing he is expected to point to is the test claim of a bizarrely high spike in testosterone, which was apparently something like three times what’s been seen before; it will likely to be argued that it must therefore be caused by testing error. Braun obviously passed all the tests before this one, and he passed a subsequent test he ordered upon learning about the failed one a couple weeks after taking the original sometime in early October when his Brewers team was just embarking on the playoffs.

No one has done it at the major league level yet, but one minor leaguer won enough benefit of doubt in a hearing to win his case. (We don’t know who that is because his confidentiality wasn’t breached.) Braun will try to become the first at a hearing that ix expected to be just after that BBWAA dinner, Jan. 23 or 24, according to Lance Allen of WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee.

It sounds like Braun may try a number of avenues here, including the possibility that a medication to combat a private medical issue is to blame, as TMZ initially reported. But while that argument could win some points with the public, that isn’t going to win the day, or the hearing.

Baseball deserves credit for giving players a chance at a hearing (unlike the NFL). But it’s still considered a “strict liability’’ situation, which means it’s up to Braun to prove he’s been somehow wronged. He’s enlisted top people (both for p.r. and legal help), and that’s a good thing because everyone deserves their day in court. Braun should get his.    

 




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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:26 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

The star is the first major league player to have his confidentiality breached. So maybe he becomes the first to win a hearing and save himself the 50 games suspension (although, that part won’t be easy).




Ummm... the Mitchel Report? 



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:24 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

We hope that’s right. And maybe it is. Everyone should be presumed innocent. And in this case, we’re talking about a player who has been seen for a while as one of the brightest lights in the game, both on and off the field. Additionally, it shouldn’t even be known yet that he failed a test for a banned substance.
Roger Clemens never failed a test, is he prsumed innocent?


   



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:18 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I think Braun will beat this.

Funny, we didn't have all of these "I think Braun will beat this," "I think Braun is innocent" etc., post when Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds,Ralphy Palemeiro, J.C Romero ( who btw was even more questionable than Braun), and the countless others.

Listen, everything is conjecture and heresay at this point.  There are two things that we do know as fact.  One is that Braun has hired lawyers and a public relations team who are on an absolute spin machine blitz to try to make this go away, the other is that Braun miserably failed a banned substance test that registered more than double of of any player tested *ever*. 

You Braun defenders act as if this was your local neighborhood clinic who administered a test to the local neighborhood wino.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Particularly at the major league level, these test are administered by the most highly qualified physicians in the industry.  And it is not administered on the hum drum.  It is administered with due diligence, not once but twice to be certain that the test administered are accurate with literally no chance of error.

I hate to break it to you Braun lovers, but If the general public is given the choice to pick between highly qualified physicians or a spin team hired by Braun's people consisting of lawyers and publicist guess who the rational majority of right thinking people will pick?

That's right.  Just accepted it and move on.

As much as you may want to deny it, Braun is no different that the rest of the cheaters accused of juicing before him.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:30 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I think Braun will beat this.  All test before were normal and the one after was normal.  THe one that was bad was so high it was three times the amount any player has ever tested positive for.  This is not how steroids work/  You don't take them once and magically get bigger faster and stronger.  Then have it magically disappear from your system.  Maybe there are masking agents etc...but this just seems like the ole Seinfeld episode of the Fat Free Yogurt where something went really wrong in the lab. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:00 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Usually when someone comes up with a list of excuses it is because they are guilty. We see this a lot when a criminal is arrested and gives one statement during field interrogation, one after arrest known as spontaneous utterance, another before being questioned, another after Miranda is given, and then another after their first recorded statement to the police which is their last being given to the state attorney. It is lovely how many excuses are brought to trial documented.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:30 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

We know who the minor-leaguer who had his positive drug test overturned in 2007.

It's been reported in a few places, including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Brendan Katin played on the Brewers minor league affiliate Double-A Hunstville. In 2007, Katin was required to take a mandatory drug test. A month later his test result came back positive and he was told that he would be suspended 50 games. Since Katin knew he was innocent he appealed the results. Two months later baseball sent a letter saying that his suspension had been overturned making Katin the only player in baseball to ever successfully appeal a drug test. He was never told why his testosterone levels were high.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:01 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

As has been stated repeatedly, the substance in question was on the banned substance  list but was NOT a performance enhancing drug. Spare us the judgements.  That this was leaked, against policy, is the only proven violation so far.  I don't know what the motivation for Braun was, either medicinal or a performance edge.  If it's the former, no big deal. If it's the latter, then he deserves a suspension. But the
'cheater" talk needs to be tempered until he has his day in court.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

What's so sickening is you actually believe that only one player cheated, or that someone did it just for the award.



Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Games played is a criteria listed in the award guidelines so stop, please stop the what if game.
Being on a winning team is not a criteria so stop, please stop (never mind that player A is from a winning team).
What's sickening is one player felt the need to cheat to get the edge to win the award.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I'm flattered that you responded in such detail.
/tips hat

... and I am equally flattered that my post had such an impact on you that it prompted you to register on the CBS Sportsline forum for the first time and post a response. 

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