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Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 6:12 pm
 
Ryan Braun hopes to convince an arbitrator that he doesn't deserve a 50-game suspension for his failed drug test.

He also hopes to convince you that he's not just another baseball drug cheat.

History is against him on both counts. And it doesn't help him at all that he is faced with fighting both battles at the same time.

Braun isn't the first player to fail a drug test, and he's not the first player to proclaim his innocence after testing positive.

He is, however, the first player whose failed test became public knowledge before his appeal was heard. Baseball's policy is to hold off on any announcements until an appeal is denied and a suspension is certain, precisely because news of a failed test can be extremely damaging to a player's image, even if he is later exonerated.

Of course, no player has ever been exonerated through the arbitration system.

Could Braun be the first?

His people say he could be. The suggestion is that they have evidence that they believe will play well in front of the arbitrator. And while it might help them in the court of public opinion to make that evidence public immediately, lawyers tend to want to hold on to it until it is presented in court (or in this case, in arbitration).

The two pieces of information that came out Sunday, both told to CBSSports.com by a source familiar with the case, are that Braun's test was not for a performance-enhancing drug (he didn't fail a steroid test), and that Braun asked for and passed a second test after the first, failed test.

While either of those things may help Braun in the public's eye, neither is of great significance.

Whatever drug Braun tested positive for, there's no dispute on either side that it was a banned substance under baseball's drug rules. Drugs make that list because they are associated or otherwise linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Also, while Braun's request for a second test is nice, it's hardly definitive. Many of the drugs tested for by baseball pass through your system quickly.

Ultimately, the best way for Braun to defend his image would be to succeed before the arbitrator, but chance isn't expected to come until sometime next month.

The problem Braun faces now is to keep public opinion from turning completely against him before an arbitrator even hears the case. The problem he'll face later is that whether or not he succeeds before the arbitrator, he has a hard time not being remembered as a guy who failed a test.



Category: MLB
Comments

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:11 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

 I am not a Brewers fan or a Braun fan (I am also not against either) - why does this whole thing look suspect to me? I cannot put my finger on it, but why was such a test result released after a player has signed a massive contract, and after an MVP award? Odd timining to put it mildly
The test was done during the playoffs -- thus, as the positive test occured AFTER Braun signed his contract and AFTER the voting for MVP was completed there was no way to announce it PRIOR to either event.  There is no "agenda" here.  Simple timing of events--you can't announce a positive test before it occurs.




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:01 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

wait where was all these posts about un-named sources and HIPPA laws when it was A-roid's name being leaked..... oh the hypocrisy!  




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:51 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Hmmm. No obvious increase in his stats (which were pretty good already). Or are we now saying he was "juiced" in the past? 


I am not a Brewers fan or a Braun fan (I am also not against either) - why does this whole thing look suspect to me? I cannot put my finger on it, but why was such a test result released after a player has signed a massive contract, and after an MVP award? Odd timining to put it mildly.

Surely the Bewers should have been informed (or maybe they were) in advance of any deal?

There is something odd going on here and I cannot yet work ot what it is...  


Wrong person, wrong time - is someone somewhere working an agenda? Or am I missing the obvious - yet another drugs cheat?


This is all too strange.        



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:29 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I have loved Ryan Braun since he came into the league. He has HOF potential in his bat, and has worked to improve his defense so that he doesn't embarrass his team in the outfield. Seems like a classy guy too.

So this news really distresses me. I am sorry, but Braun deserves this 50 game suspension. I do believe he is a baseball cheat. He failed a drug test, and in this day and age players tend to be extra careful and know what they are taking. Ball player know they can be tested at any time, and one failed test can damn them in the public eye. So I can't help to conclude that Braun did take drugs, he is guilty, and should get what is coming to him.




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:08 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Well said Tiger. My question is how did this leak in the first place? Isn't there supposed to be HIPPA laws that prevent personal information from being made public? Or at least until the process is completed?  Now his image is tainted and we don't even know all the facts.  I hate the media! 

The media doesn't adhere to HIPPA laws.  They "hear something" and decide, "hey let's put this out there without making sure it's correct or even if we are breaking any laws.  I do wonder how this got "leaked out" and I hope the leak is found and brought to justice for it.  Do I think Braun used?  Most likely but until we see absolute proof I am not going to pass judgement on the guy.



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:58 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Well said Tiger. My question is how did this leak in the first place? Isn't there supposed to be HIPPA laws that prevent personal information from being made public? Or at least until the process is completed?  Now his image is tainted and we don't even know all the facts.  I hate the media! 



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:56 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I just don't care anymore. Failed drug tests are irrelevent. Pujols will get $50,000 per at bat beginning next season (not his fault), most diehard baseball fans can't afford to take family to a game (not their fault), and that crony Selig is still running the show...



Since: Jun 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

you really need to get a life and not worry about ryan braun , and your childish ranting !!!  Grow up please or go take a nap !!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Why doesn't MLB and the Baseball Writer's wait 'til after all of the testing is complete prior to handing out their various awards?

 



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The Hebrew Hammer is now the Jew Jackal. Man up and take your medicine for cheating. I am sure the Brewers are thrilled after making him the face of the organization this summer w/ the big contract. They should go after his lame as$ for selling them a bad bill of goods. No way he puts up the same numbers if he is not juicing. He will forever be viewed w/ the Bonds and Arods ( Aholes) of MLB.



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