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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: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

For the sake of the game I hope Braun is innocent.  He's an excellent ball player.  Brought the best laugh of last year falling down on the attempt for the inside the park home run...classic!



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:59 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

For the braun haters out there, don't be so quick to judge (like a liberal when they dont agree with u). Then man deserves to have his day to plead his case. Until then stop typing on a subject that you have no idea what the truth or facts are yet (again like a liberal). Go Brew Crew!!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Unbelievable these guys try to blame anything other than themselves when they get caught.  What's next for Braun, he'll claim that he's dyslexic and mistook "stanozolol" for "selzer water" ?  He'll never clear his name, and nor should he- win 2 World Series and the next 6 MVP awards, and people will still remember he's a filthy cheater.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:24 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

lumpoco, every post I read from you on every message board is nothing but a stream of mindless babble.  I don't know where you come up with some of this shit but you are nothing more than a fountain of nonsense.  Just shut up already you waste of sperm.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Ryan Braun cheated and is only pissed becasue he got caught. Kind of reminds me of Barry Bonds and (sadly) Roger Clemmons. All 3 are liars and nobody will ever think otherwise nor should they!



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Braun should get the benefit of a doubt for a failed test, yet Jeff Bagwell should not get the same benefit for never failing a test, not being named in the "Mitchell Report" but simply because he had big muscles!



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Why is Braun getting the benefit of the doubt from much of the public and media when guys like Manny and Bonds were raked over the coals almost immediately upon speculation of their PED use?  Interesting.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Let's compare Braun, Armstrong, and Romero.  If there really was a lab error, you have the Lance Armstrong experience to use to gauge this one.  The different sports led to a different outcome both professionally and publicly, but why should they?  If there truly was error--IF--then anyone deserves a chance to clear that up. 

Romero was told, in essence, that he SHOULD have known that the product he took COULD include a suspect ingredient, even if the ingredient wasn't listed--that there was too much risk and he way better of without the product than with the risk.  (And the product was among those the league recommended against.) If that comes to be Braun's determination, then we have TWO issues: Is the test errant and is the league right to hold such a policy?

Food for thought.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

What I don't understand is where is HIPAA in all this? What about Braun's privacy? If I failed a drug test at work and it got leaked out, I would have a lawsuit on my hands.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

this his has happened before, where a players name was leaked for violating the rules before his appeal. It was J.C. Romero. He was taking/using a supplement drink from GNC that didn't list all the ingredients. In his appeal he was told he was not at fault, but it didn't matter because he had the substance in his body and was still suspended. This was in '08, he failsed the test when the Phils were on their way to win the World Series. There have been other players that were outed before they had chance to fight it, so lets not think the whole breach of contract arguement will hold up.

Personally, I think this is a situation like Romero's. Braun took something, quite possibly cold medication or maybe a sports drink. I don't think he is a "Juicer". He got caught when the circumstances of his body were obviously tuned in to the wrong channel. He should get the Suspention and move on. Will he be tainted? hat will depend on what comes out of this hearing. It could turn into a Romero situation and sould be forgotten. He is deserving of his MVP. If you strip him you have to strip so many others in the past 15-20 yearshis has happened before, where a players name was leaked for violating the rules before his appeal. It was J.C. Romero. He was taking/using a supplement drink from GNC that didn't list all the ingredients. In his appeal he was told he was not at fault, but it didn't matter because he had the substance in his body and was still suspended. This was in '08, he failsed the test when the Phils were on their way to win the World Series. There have been other players that were outed before they had chance to fight it, so lets not think the whole breach of contract arguement will hold up.

Personally, I think this is a situation like Romero's. Braun took something, quite possibly cold medication or maybe a sports drink. I don't think he is a "Juicer". He got caught when the circumstances of his body were obviously tuned in to the wrong channel. He should get the Suspention and move on. Will he be tainted? hat will depend on what comes out of this hearing. It could turn into a Romero situation and sould be forgotten. He is deserving of his MVP. If you strip him you have to strip so many others in the past 15-20 years



great post!


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