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Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:39 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 2:49 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Ryan Braun may be itching to tell his side of the story, but having his appeal upheld is very unlikely, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The details:
An MLB official told me there are only two ways for Braun to win his appeal: Prove there was a lab error with the testing or say the Brewers signed off on the treatment.

I was told to forget proving a lab error because the system is designed to prevent such an occurrence. Each player's urine sample is divided into two samples. The first is tested and if it's positive for any banned substance, the second sample is put through a more rigorous, comprehensive testing regimen to assure the result is valid.

The MLB official also told me that the Brewers did not sign off on whatever substance Braun took. So, it's unlikely that excuse would be used during the appeal process.
The biggest problem with hoping to have the 50-game suspension overturned, according to the report, is that it doesn't matter why Braun took a banned substance. Even if it was accidental or he didn't know a certain substance was against the rules, the only thing that matters is that he took a substance and violated the MLB rule. He has proclaimed his innocence due to not believing what he took was "performance-enhancing" and that he has a prescription for a personal medical condition. Again, though, it's reportedly unlikely that either of those reasons will matter in the appeal.

Braun, 28, won the NL MVP in 2011 after hitting .332/.397/.597 with 33 homers and 111 RBI for the NL Central champion Brewers. But a positive drug test has him facing a 50-game suspension to open the 2012 season. According to the above referenced report, the Brewers are preparing to have Braun miss those 50 games, so they don't sound confident his side of the story will clear his name with the MLB.

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Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

And, why is this not a TOP sports headline, or even just a top headline DAILY? The MVP gets caught doping?

Why is this being kept a secret?

Something is very, very fishy here. Not sausagey, fishy...



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

Ah ha ha! What a dirtbag. He's clearly dirty, he clearly was doping. What about all his gyrations and twitches? Remind anyone of a dope fiend? Went from nothing to something really fast. Hmm....I LOVE the fact that he spoke so smugly just a few years back about dopers.

Why do all of you NFL and MLB fans have such problems when your players are caught doping? You KNOW they dope.

Then when a track star or cyclist is found to be doping you say the sport should be shut down.

Baseball is an awful sport. Slow, stupid, fat guys. People have to spend hours watching it. Attending a game is based more on how much food you can cram in your fat face than watching the game. What a whole bunch of bs. Most of the players are semi-literate dopers.

Ryan Braun, as dirty as they come! Enjoy that suspension, you lying dirtbag.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

I guess my only comment is that it amazes me that some people can be so "Sure" he is guilty and a cheater, and others can be so certain he is innocent and being set up.  None of us in the public can be sure about it either way at this point. 

 

It seems to me the main thing is that MLB has a policy and a process in place and they had better stick to it.  Or else the gates will be wide open for anyone else to challenge a positive test.  Perhaps in light of these events, their rules need tweaking or at least revisiting, but they'd better stick to them in this case or their testing program, which is working pretty well, by the way, will lose its teeth.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:24 am
 

Corruption looming if Braun suspension upheld

With the facts of the Ryan Braun case clearly indicating the first test to be a bad sample/test.  No way he had a clean test so shortly after the original test, especially with the high levels indicated in the first test.  He better be exonerated or there is gonna be corruption looming.

The people that handle the samples will be targets for corruption.  Example, someone in the Yankee organization or a wealthy fan could pay a lab employee to corrupt a sample to indicate a positive test.  If re-tests clearly indicating innocence get canned, this corruption will happen.  NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.



DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:43 pm
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Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

I think every poster on here would take some sort of enhancer if they knew they could make a bunch more money at there current job. And if you say you wouldn't then you’re a liar or an idiot.
No usually only the Jews. They area very money hungry people. If you think different you were not raised in this country or a Jew. Where do you think the phrase that you have been JEWED out of something came from? From the Jewish woman whining (usually over money) or the Jewish men complaining (about not making enough money) that is the reality of the Jew inAmerica. I could deal w/ a whining woman if she was good looking but he Jewish woman seem to have the face of a camel. May the Jew be w/ you

Wow albee-congrats on being the biggest s hithead in CBS Sports history. You suck pal. 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

Wait, so if the team signs off on the player using drugs it is okay? Seems like we found the loophole the teams have been using the past years to let their players juice and stay out on the field

I think the point they were going for is if Braun had gone to MLB or the team and said "this is what I want to take, is it okay" and MLB/Brewers "sign off" and approve it, then it turns out to contain a banned substance Braun might have a defense.  If he did not check it out, and it contained a banned substance then under the drug policy the suspension stands whether Braun "intended" to cheat or not.  MLB/Brewers cannot, however, sign off on a player using a banned substance obviously.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

Wait, so if the team signs off on the player using drugs it is okay? Seems like we found the loophole the teams have been using the past years to let their players juice and stay out on the field

I think the point they were going for is if Braun had gone to MLB or the team and said "this is what I want to take, is it okay" and MLB/Brewers "sign off" and approve it, then it turns out to contain a banned substance Braun might have a defense.  If he did not check it out, and it contained a banned substance then under the drug policy the suspension stands whether Braun "intended" to cheat or not.  MLB/Brewers cannot, however, sign off on a player using a banned substance obviously.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:57 am
 

Report: Braun's suspension likely to be upheld

Having a doctors prescription would change everything.  What are you going to tell him;  you have to live with an illness until the end of the season?  I don't think so.  How about we leave the legal-side of this to those who know the legal process --and keep in mind that we live in a country where you are "innocent until proven guilty."
No it wouldn't change anything.  Baseball's policy is very clear...if you take a banned substance you get suspended. Period.  It does not matter if your doctor prescribed it or not...it was your responsibility to make sure the doctor checked and did not prescribe something that was banned by baseball OR, if there was no other choice but to take a banned substance either get a waiver BEFORE taking it or sit out and not play while taking the banned substance (if he is that sick that it must be treated now, and treated with a banned substance, he has no business on the field anyway).  If the test was accurate, Braun gets suspended.  Only way around it would be to prove that whatever he took was approved by baseball but somehow he got a tainted batch--very unlikely.


pinghootor
Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:52 am
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