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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.



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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

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.

Let me get this straight. He did fail a banned substance test but according to sources, the banned substance wasn't a steroid or other PED.

So what was it exactly? A masking agent of some sort? An over-the-counter supplment from a GNC store? Something else? And what could account for a positive A sample and a negative B sample?

I am withholding judgment about Braun until I see more information.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The Hebrew Hammer is now the Jewish Jackal.  He must have had an IV drip to get such a high reading. He needs to man up and sit for 50 games. They should also strip his MVP, have to return any bonus cash he received for winning the MVP, and literally show him handing it to Matt Kemp. They should shame him like he has shamed the Brewers after they made him the face of their franchise last summer. Jews are notorious for being arrogant, crude, lying people. This is evident w/ how they have lied to and abused the Palestinians. He fits the mold to a T.




Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The Hebrew Hammer is now the Jewish Jackal.  He must have had an IV drip to get such a high reading. He needs to man up and sit for 50 games. They should also strip his MVP, have to return any bonus cash he received for winning the MVP, and literally show him handing it to Matt Kemp. They should shame him like he has shamed the Brewers after they made him the face of their franchise last summer. Jews are notorious for being arrogant, crude, lying people. This is evident w/ how they have lied to and abused the Palestinians. He fits the mold to a T. Man up and do yourself and your people a favor.




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

so Canes did you offer the same opinion and defense when it was a rod, pappi, manny, the rocket, or anyone else.  Raffi palmerio still to this day says his test was bunk.... oh but he is lying and braun is not.....   

btw drugs do cycle out of your system so passing a 2nd test which could have been weeks later doesn't mean shit and you prove a negative by not testing positive in the 1st place.  

  



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Prove your innocence, because the court of public opinion has already found you guilty.
Prove your innocence?  Is that how it works now?  How do you prove a negative anyway?  It doesn't matter if he was on some medication or not because he was not tested for steroids, he was given a second test and passed, he's never tested positive before and his size and statistics didn't make a dramatic jump up.  This isn't like Barry Bonds where he suddenly had power and a head and neck twice the size of what it used to be.

Just because we're frustrated with cheating in baseball doesn't mean that there's any more evidence that Braun is guilty than innocent.  In fact, his initial test showed levels twice as high as any positive test in history.  That alone leads me to question the results of the failed test.




Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Another positive PED ? Damn, just leave the kids alone already. Shut down sports completely, along with Hollywood and all these pedophiles won't have the rich insular layers that protect them from the real world.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Well let's see some evidence Braun...Were you on some medication that caused this? There should be something to back this up.  If not, I think the test revealing that you had the highest test to date kind of makes you look guilty.  The Baseball writers not stripping you of the title when you should not have won in the first place is just as idiotic.  Prove your innocence, because the court of public opinion has already found you guilty.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:40 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

i find it funny how when someone likes a player it's "lets wait for the facts and the media blew this up with out sources and medical release forms"  and when its a player someone does not like it's "convicted in the court of public opinion asap no matter what" 





Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:29 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

and paul byrds name was leaked hours before he pitched game 7 of the ALCS.  none gave a crap about sources or hippa forms then. 

what a joke all you people who are so quick to defend braun with bs about hippa forms what a f'n joke.  you all ripped a rod and manny and big poppi and no one gave a crap about who the source was or if a medical release form was signed.   wrong guy at the wrong time my ass.      



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:25 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

You now have to suspect MVP and Cy Young award winners in both leagues present and past. How can Verlander still be throwing 100 mph in the 8th inning? Look at some of the past award winners. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, A Rod, Ken Caminetti, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, Manny Ramirez, Big Poppi, Tehada, Palmeiro and now Braun. A closer look needs to be done on Albert Pujols and Jose Bautista.



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