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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: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Shame on baeball (YOU , COMMISH) for hiding this through the playoffs and MVP voting !!
Just as we were beginning to believe in the honesty of the sport again , we find out that you knew this PRIOR
to the end of the season.   In the NCAA (which generally plays with bigger balls) , titles have been negated ,
victories reversed and rings and trophies returned for rules violations.  But then , NCAA players don't make mega-millions.

Results should be announced within 24 hours , just like police reports announce arrests .





Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Seriously?  That's his big case buster is that he took a second test and passed it?  Just when Ryan Braun was ready to be the face of the National League for the next five years or so, he goes Manny on us.  Worse than Manny because for all the ridiculousness that comes with Manny, Manny has the good sense to admit guilt when faced with hard proof.  Who does Ryan Braun think he is...Floyd Landis?  For all these athletes that scream innocence when accused, when is the last one that was actually truly innocent?  Never that's when.  Ryan Braun joins a long list of sports athletes that when faced with unfavorable test results, wants you to believe that this time it's all a big mistake.  Bud Selig should be shot at dawn if Braun is allowed to keep his MVP award.



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

If the determination goes against him, they should take away his MVP award and give it to Kemp.  Other sports, (e.g. Olympics) take away medals and victories in events.  The BBWAA needs to show some spine.  Even with everything that's happened and everything that's in the CBA, there are players that still do this stuff.  It needs to stop.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Really puts the Brewers in an early hole next year if it stands. If it never happens again, I doubt this will tarnish his legacy, he still has the biggest part of his career ahead of him, providing he keeps putting up big numbers. I haven't kept close tabs on him, but he seemed like a stand-up guy. This suspension could prove to be the biggest example/warning to future players. Find out what the illegal substances are and make sure you stay away from them. Baseball needs to get thorough in getting PED's out of the game, turning their heads from abusers (blatant or accidental) undermine it's credibility. Hopefully, Braun and the Brewers come out of this okay when this whole matter is behind them.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

A lot of evasive, cryptic, and otherwise unhelpful language in this story.

no player has ever been exonerated through the arbitration system. Could Braun be the first? His people say he could be.

Well, of course. What else are they going to say? That he has no case?

He is . . .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.

Well, then why did the news leak in this case when it's never leaked before? And is the fact that someone in MLB leaked the information--presumably Braun's camp isn't the original leaker of the story that hurts his image so much--a matter of concern? Aren't the players supposed to be able to count on the secrecy of the administrative process until it's complete? And if they can't count on it, what is the union going to do about it? And what is MLB itself going to do about it?

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),
So, why doesn't that source say what was the substance that caused him to fail the test?  Doesn't the source know?  And if he doesn't, how reliable is he?  Is this source possibly someone in Braun's camp?  And how reliable would that be?



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Kinda impressive that Griffey Jr was so amazing for so long with out failing a test.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I guess as a Cubs fan you have to get your pleasure from somewhere. It sure as hell hasn't been the field for the last 100 plus years. Pretty sad however that you get it from another slap in the face to the game...



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

As a Cubs fan I love it



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

As a baseball fan, this is dissappointing. Especially as I am in the majority of fans who felt Kemp deserved the MVP. If Braun inadvertantly put a banned substance in hs body, he is a fool. I doubt MLB players today don't have full access to "banned" substance lists. Further, I don't see how Bud Brewer Selig would allow this situation to reach this point without some legit substance to this story. If Braun is the first to win an appeal, kudos for him. Otherwise, he joins the rest of the Hall of Fame-caliber athletes to fall victim to PED's.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I will arbitrate --- guilty.  Sealed


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