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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 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

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:15 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

It's becoming quite comical that Braun supporters continue to redundantly cry "innocent until proven guilty!!" 

NEWSFLASH!! He was actually found guilty. You are acting as if ESPN, CBS, and countless other news agencies are calling him a cheater before he was given a drug test. And before the results of that  drug test were further confirmed by another independant agency that specializes in detecting banned/illegal substances.

You want further proof he tested positive on a drug test for banned substances? OK, how about Ryan Braun's spokespeople confirming that he tested positive. You need more proof? He is appealing the results of a failed drug test. Obviously one cannot appeal something of which he has not been found guilty.

You want to cry about news agencies reporting the news? Not one report broken has been refuted by Ryan Braun or his spokespeople. Fact; Ryan Braun tested positive for banned substances. Fact; Ryan Braun is facing a 50 game suspension. Fact; Ryan Braun is appealing his suspension. What is wrong with reporting the facts?

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:05 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Funny, when A-Rod tested positive, Ryan Braun called him out and said he should just admit it and move on.  Hey Ryan, the only thing worse than a cheating is hypocrisy.  Braun also said he'd never take PED's because he would probably hit "60 or 70" home runs.  All he could manage on the junk was 33.   

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:43 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I think it is really dumb to assume every great athlete uses some kind of performance enhancing drug and cheats in order to reach the top. The absolute perfect example is Ken Griffey Jr. who was for 10 years the best baseball player in the league. You could say it was because he didn't take PEDs that he ended up getting hurt so often but he is a player who is clean and one of the all time greats of our era. 

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:17 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Here's the only thing the public needs convincing of - take any man, regardless of their physical prowess (or lack thereof) - put him in a job where he's running bases, diving for liners, fielding pop flies, and standing in for a 98-mph fastball - then deny him any sort of effective means of pain relief or substances to facilitate fast muscle growth and recovery, dangle millions of dollars in his face to succeed wildly, but negotiate a terrible contract for him up front to make him work hard to get to the top... without steroids or HGH, no one will be a standout. No one will even be able to play an entire season. Why? Because there are those who have the means to get steroids and HGH in undetectable solutions who WILL become the standouts, and the sports media is *very* quick to pretend these guys are "Heroes", "Athletes"... "Bullshit" is more like it. No one in this day and age is that much of a standout that they are that much better than people who have been playing the game as long or longer. Pujols will be no different. But BOY do we like pretending he's "just that good". Bullshit. 

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:06 am

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

Astromanic: "Accidental abusers?" Somehow I don't think those two words go together. If Ryan Braun was taking something that he understood to be safe, he wasn't abusing anything. He was either misled or misinformed. Now, if he did take something but wasn't aware of it being a banned substance is that because MLB hasn't posted a list and made it available to teams or was it something Braun either should have known about or should have consulted a professional before taking?

I'm at a point where I hope he's innocent. Not because I'm a Brewers fan or not. Just because I still like to think a man is innocent before until evidence clearly shows him otherwise.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:05 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Probably because he wasn't tested for the majority of his career.  Mark McGuire never flunked a test either.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:05 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Why is it that MLB cannot keep things that are supposed to be confidential......confidential??

Remember "The list"??

I am not sure about the story....we will see how it plays out

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:59 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Great! So we've become the nation of guilty until proven innocent eh? Here's a guy who never failed a test before, couldn't it be possible that yes, indeed, he is innocent? Course CBS Sports writers did their level best to convict him in the eyes of readers well before any verification can be accomplished. What is up with you guys? I'd like to give Ryan Braun the benefit of the doubt until I know for sure. Seems you think all we want is another star athlete's head on a platter.

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:21 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Laughinggeez couldnt you tell just by looking at his eyes bugging out when he was at the plate duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Laughing


Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:54 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

As a Yankee fan the only reason I even care about this story is the fact that I was a Braun owner in fantasy and therefore followed him all year, I couldn't care either way if he did PED's or not but this info coming out before it's even verified by MLB is flat out ridiculous. If it turns out that he is innocent and doesn't get suspended he will still be tagged by the loud mouth morons as a cheater until the day he dies and that would take away from what promises to be a great and possibly a HOF career. I can't see how MLB could protect the idiot that leaked this story, if it does turn out that Braun doesn't get suspended someone should lose their job and face a lawsuit. In the age of quick fire media and the culture of "guilty even if proven innocent" this has to piss a lot of Brewer, Braun, and real baseball fans off. Braun most of all.

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