Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

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: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

He's a cheat, like Bonds. They do make baseball more fun to watch though. I haven't seen anyone as good as Bonds during his record breaking season. He was amazing. Well, if Bonds gets hanged, then Braun should get hanged too. Take away his award, and give it to someone who deserved it.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- (not me)

You guys SUCK at CBS, but then maybe it's all civilian sports writers. First you publish info from unnamed sources and then all but declare him a cheat. Next, you suggest his chances may hinge on whether or not public opinion will consider that Ryan Braun isn't deserving the hefty suspension. Course judging by idiots who've already thrown him under the bus and called him a fraud, that may be too late.

WHY CAN'T YOU LEAVE A STORY ALONE UNTIL THE RIGHT TIME TO TELL IT? Doesn't it matter to you at all that you could be destroying Ryan Braun before due process has been served? Sure, he might be guilty. Then again, perhaps he was taking a substance that triggered a positive test, but is it even possible that the substance is some loophole drug that he might have been taking for, example, allergies? I'm not saying that was it, just that it's possible there was justification for taking the substance?

Give Ryan Braun a chance to clear his name before you call him Ryan Brawn.

As a writer who doesn't seek to demolish people, like you civilian writers do, I abhor this kind of journalism. Like it or not this trash fuels public perception, and, in this case, that perception shouldn't even be an issue until Ryan Braun has had a chance to defend himself.

"But it's not our fault," said the no-class writer, "an MLB executive told me this, and if I didn't print it, someone else would!"

How about for once you show a little integrity and wait. Let the other idiot make a fool of himself. Granted, you might be right on the bottom line, but at this point we don't know.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

remember when he bashed arod about roids?  this guy is a fraud



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Umm... He was tested during the playoffs, he was notified by MLB in late October that he failed. The Brewers were done playing on what, October 15th? 16th maybe? So when he was notified how quickly did he get the 2nd test done... within 24 hours at best? That means it took 10 or more days between the 2 tests, plenty of time for many of the drugs to pass through enough to come up negative. That's not going to hold up.
The playoffs started on Oct 2.. so he could have been tested the first week of October.. so as much as 4 weeks could have gone by.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Umm... He was tested during the playoffs, he was notified by MLB in late October that he failed. The Brewers were done playing on what, October 15th? 16th maybe? So when he was notified how quickly did he get the 2nd test done... within 24 hours at best? That means it took 10 or more days between the 2 tests, plenty of time for many of the drugs to pass through enough to come up negative. That's not going to hold up.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

If Braun is innocent, then he needs to have a press conference and explain in detail exactly what he took, how much he took, and give specific reasons why he took it.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Really Ryan??  Not even Uncle Bud is gonna back you on this scandle.  The Sammy Sosa/Manny Ramierez "no habla Englise" won`t fly. Be a man and take your 50 game vacation for cheating.  Ackowledge it & Matt Kemp as the real MVP.  You are a dirty stinking cheater and no one wants to hear you cry lame excuses about it.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Someone at CBS needs to write the effects of PED's and the different types.   HGH does not make you look like a Roid Head...it does not make you look huge.  Plus HGH is in and out of the system very fast.  Odds are he just happened to get tested shortly after cycling.  What amazes me is that he got caught with something synthetic in his system.   He is not getting out of this one.  And if he does MLB will be laughed at and criticized to no end.

I cannot believe that he isn't using the newest and most untraceable substance...thats what suprises me the most....

These test were confirmed by the anit-doping agency of Cycling ... the foremost experts in testing...the only one to avoid positive testing under them was Lance Armstrong....Braun should have called Lance for some help.  

Braun will say it has something to do with his injuries...like his back that has been a problem his entire career until last year...I suspect that if he did use something it was to help with his injuries....thats why Pettite used...and thats why a lot of these guys use....its to get healthy and get paid....I'm not sure I can blame them.

And to the guy who's kid asked if all players cheat....don't be honest, let him figure it out on his own when he is older....because the older you get the more you realize almost all of these guys do something to give them an unfair advantage...but only the inexperienced cheaters get caught.  




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

But but but but but..... I thought only Yankee's took roids




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Braun = Bonds, Jr.  Give the MVP trophy back. *ASTERIK* 


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com