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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: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Good to see that Bud Selig is all over this steroids and PED testing. And onother cheater goes an entire MVP season right under Bud's nose without getting caught until it is too late. Could have been a lot more embarassing for Selig though it the Brewers had won the World Series with a cheater to lead them. Bud was blind to PEDs for an entire era, and he still is.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Seems to me by signing Ramirez the brewers are hedging their bets believing the cheater w/ be sitting 50 games.  The Hebrew Hammer has become the Jewish Jackal. Non wonder he was pounding his chest like King Kong rounding 3<sup>rd</sup> after going deep. He was wired on roids.  Also according to a Jewish female friend of mine there will be much less that will shrink as according to her they are pretty light in the pants.  Given her track record she would know.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Wow my kid just asked me if all players cheat, because he loved watching Braun play and was his favorite player. I really did'nt know what to say because they keep proven us wrong time and time again.</blockquote>

I have several possible solutions for you--<br /><br />1.) Lie to your kid to preserve his childlike innocence at the expense of the truth. The problem with this, however, is that you can only protect your kids from the harsh realities of life for so long. I really hope you've had the Santa Claus sit down already because I recall that was a big blow to me personally. <br /><br />2.) Tell him the truth while stressing that athletes <strong>are not role models</strong>. They are people who make millions of dollars to play games for the entertainment of regular people who work real jobs (that suck) for a living.<br /><br />What bothers me about this situation isn't the "what will the children think!" angle or the preservation of the integrity of the game or some other idealistic nonsense, my problem is that if the substances Braun tested positive for were not actually PEDs, and as another poster pointed out could have possibly been party drugs of some kind, then the announcement of this has ruined Braun's reputation prematurely. In this culture and society, everybody is chomping at the bit to demonize everybody else without even bothering to take in the complete facts and information about what they're talking about. Again, I couldn't care less about Braun or the Brewers but if it turns out that what Braun tested positive for were not actually PEDs, I'd be surprised to see all the idiots on here who are calling him a cheater retract what they said and apologize for jumping the gun with their sanctimonious drivel.<br /><br />




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The author of this column also failed to acknowledge that MLB sent another sample to the WADO which is the dope testing that the olympics used and said sample was found to have a high testoreone count that could only be synthetic.  Not sure how braun is going to "win" here but the damage is done.  he will be a hit with fans in the other stadiums, though!!



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

@commonsenceplz How come when NFL players test positive for steroids it receives the same attention as a 1" x 1" square on the bottom left corner of the OpEd piece in page 83 of the newspaper, whereas when a baseball player tests positive, he is the full page Sunday morning ad of the front page section of the New York Times? Again, just asking. 

If that NFL player is popular then yes it will be posted on the front page just like MLB, but if the player isnt that well known then you dont hear much about it, that goes for (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA), if it was Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers that just got busted then the story would be headlined on every sports page in the world, just like Braun is getting. The higher the profile of the player the more attention it will get, espically if the guy just signed over a 100 million dollar contract the same year and just won the N.L. MVP.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

From an objective point of view, Braun certainly doesn't "look" like someone who is juicing.  He's not a huge guy at all.  I'm at least going to wait to comment until he has his day in the de facto court.




Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Wow my kid just asked me if all players cheat, because he loved watching Braun play and was his favorite player. I really did'nt know what to say because they keep proven us wrong time and time again. I was glad he liked Braun because he seemed to be a great role model and a good person for him to admire while he grows up and now he is just totally bummed and has me pissed because i have to explain this to my son. My kid loves to play baseball and i dont want him thinking that cheating is ok because all of players are getting busted for cheating. Sad day in Baseball and for all the kids that love the sport.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Wow my kid just asked me if all players cheat, because he loved watching Braun play and was his favorite player. I really did'nt know what to say because they keep proven us wrong time and time again. I was glad he liked Braun because he seemed to be a great role model and a good person for him to admire while he grows up and now he is just totally bummed and has me pissed because i have to explain this to my son. My kid loves to play baseball and i dont want him thinking that cheating is ok because all of players are getting busted for cheating. Sad day in Baseball and for all the kids that love the sport.



Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

What a shame! Baseball is FRAUD!  Braun better admit it and we all can move on or he will be hated and unforgiven like Bonds.  Granderson of Yankees needs to be tested, too because I know he used performance-enhanced stuff.  Shame on him and Yankees!

Hey people, this is still America, regardless of how jaded all of you are (and are becoming). I love the way people pick and choose little tid bits of articles and use it as their primary foundation of ridiculing or black balling someone....and when I see all of you morons jumping on this same bandwagon, it makes me laugh (no, actually, cringe would be a much better word). So, what the heck am I talking about right?! First off, the quote above by the brainless TDAISON is so stupid and not even remotely connected to this story that all it shows is your blinding hatred for all things Yankee.....but we are talking about Braun here (ya know, the guy who actually DID fail a drug test and the reason for this article).

Also, while picking and choosing your particular quote of the moment, please reread the article where it says that he was not guilty of taking a steroid, only a banned substance. Might it be a hiding agent or some other chemical to thrown off the scent of the "dogs"? Sure, it might be. Might he also have had a chest cold and used an inhaler from a legitimate doctor? Sure, might be. What if it was a false positive? Hmmm, could be. 

My point is that this current collection of jealous, temperamental, judgmental, all knowing morons who are so quickly and emphatically slamming Braun and who "know" what he did and "know" how guilty he is should probably move somewhere like Russia, I think you would like the laws better over there. I mean, really, which one of you guys wouldn't want to be thrown underneath a bus and have everybody condemn you before you even have a chance to speak for yourself. I wonder how, if these things were being said about YOU, how you would handle them.

Did a lot of people cheat? YEP.
Are people still cheating? YEP.
Do people really think there are more drugs being done by football players or baseball players? Just asking.
How come when NFL players test positive for steroids it receives the same attention as a 1" x 1" square on the bottom left corner of the OpEd piece in page 83 of the newspaper, whereas when a baseball player tests positive, he is the full page Sunday morning ad of the front page section of the New York Times? Again, just asking. 

I hope you get the point.






Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I think it would be great if he simply came out and said:
I don't take steriods, but every now and again, I like to smoke a little pot to help with anxiety issues - or something like that.

I think that if he tested postive for pot, coke, meth, heroin - any recreational drug - that fans would be forgiving.  he didn't cheat, he just likes to have a good time.

But taking steriods is unforgivable.


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