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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: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:03 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I have never heard of a player getting cleared because they mistakenly took or used something that had a banned substance in it. If it is banned and it is in your system them pretty much is the end of it. How many of these fools could juice then find a medication or supplement w/ the identical roid in it and lay the blame on the medication or supplement?  It is the perfect way to explain why it is in your system w/ no culpability. This jackas$ simply got caught and should man up. The ones that test positive always deny it but then when things have cooled off they man up. I wonder how much Kemp lost in bonuses because this guy cheated and took his MVP?   They should do a Reggie Bush/Heisman trophy turn around w/ his MVP.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:48 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Until these players and their unions, in all sports, agree to blood testing, I will consider them all guilty. If you have nothing to hide give them blood and let them test. With blood testing their will be no doubt it is your blood thus no more excuses. I guess that is why no sport will agrre to this because there will be no doubt that most of them are cheating.
Football is the worst they agree to blood test then they say they only agreed to discuss blood testing.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:47 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:38 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

This 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

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:26 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

something is fishy here. Anyone who has worked in a lab would know when amounts in this quantity almost mean a lab error when its that far from the deviation. Im not saying he didnt take something but this lab result should definitely be thrown out
You don't throw out a result just because it doesn't conform to your expectations of normal. That's contrary to science and reason. Maybe there was an error, maybe not- the result is not proof in itself. As you said, 'almost (always) mean(s) a lab error'- almost always means sometimes it doesn't. Right now the burden of evidence is against Braun, based on what's been reported. For anyone who's concerned about the presumption of innocence being ignored, every player is presumed innocent until they fail a drug test. At that point, the burden shifts to them to prove their innocence. It's true this story never should have been leaked, but unlike in a criminal or civil trial by jury where publicizing certain information can prejudice the verdict, Braun's appeal isn't going to hinge on this; it will have to be either that he was taking some medication that was allowed, or that there was a violation of the chain of custody of his sample and so it's possible it was tampered with.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:24 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Can we all just admit that almost all these players use HGH?? Until there is a reliable test for that, all of these players will continue using it and cheating.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:00 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Hey Lumy, are you nuts? Braun has had power since he was in the minors. His numbers have been consistant since the day he made it to the big leagues. Is your statment just jealousy since you also had to throw in that the Brewers are pathetic.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:43 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Braun's first issue is why was his name released in the first place. Anyone testing positive for drug abuse/use gets reprimanded without any public explanation and yet Braun is acting like no one would be able to conclude that he got busted for taking steroids. Braun (which rhymes with brawn which means strength) was never a power hitter. But somehow...somewhere he got a hold of some "power juice" and started hitting alot of home runs which led to a big contract.....oh wait....none of those things happened. And yet Braun does not regret what he has done. What a loser! The fact that he plays for the Brewers makes it even more pathetic.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:35 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Heyman, CBS is giving you no respect.  I reliable baseball guy comes to this company and he's just got a P?  Where's your S?

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:15 pm

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I, like Heyman and most other baseball writers am appalled by Braun.  He is guilty as far as I am concerned.  I do not care to let due process play itself out and will offer my opinion without any facts.

That being said, I have no comment on Starlin Castro allegedly sexually assaulting someone.  PEDs > assault

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