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Let me be clear by stating that Alex Rodriguez has never said anything about Ryan Braun’s failed drug test having to do with him taking medicine for herpes.Of course A-rod wouldn’t because he knows better, as Derek Jeter would have failed way before Braun… right?

Kidding again. But now to the point, as this Braun saga is getting annoying but I wanted to weigh in my opinion.

So, there are three things that bothered me after I heard that Braun’s 50-game suspension got overturned last Thursday.

Quick Summary of the Braun Saga (for the readers who live in a cave):

Last Thursday the news broke that Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun had beat the system.

Braun’s urine tested positive for a banned substance last October, but he will not serve one day of the standard 50-game suspension given to first time offenders.

It marks the first time an arbitrator has ever reversed a player’s appeal of the embargo set by MLB for a drug testing violation.

Braun’s legal eagles had the 50-game suspension overturned due to a loophole found in MLB’s Drug Treatment and Prevention Program Policies.

His lawyers made the case that the samples were wrongly handled by the authorized CDT Sports Collector, aka the test’s collector, which insinuates that there was possible tampering.

In the MLB Collection Procedures and Testing Protocols, the policy states that the sample is supposed to get to FedEx as soon as possible. Read policy HERE, page 18.

In Braun’s case the collector said that FedEx was already closed so he kept the sample in his fridge overnight and sent it out when FedEx reopened.

And that is the grey area that has won Braun his freedom from suspension, but what about his test results?

1) Braun you talk too much:

Braun finally addressed the matter for the first time last Friday, which was one-day post-verdict, at the Brewers Spring Training facility in Arizona.

To me Braun’s words sounded scripted and angry. He went on and on as if he was persecuted and unjustly framed due to a “fatally flawed” testing system.

He disclosed that the test’s collector did not follow the guidelines set under MLB’s Collection Procedure; there was no mention to whether Braun did or didn’t juice, or if the test was tampered with. He beat the system, but why does this seem to only happen in MLB?

The long-winded explanation triggered that feeling when you know someone is lying because they’re talking too much about why it is not their fault and in the end they come-off looking guiltier.

2) So ultimately Braun’s defensive team won citing incorrect protocol but what about his test results changed?

The answer is nothing.

Maybe you will find comfort in knowing that MLB Commissioner’s Office ‘vehemently disagrees’ by the outcome, but personally I find that a little hard to believe.

Why? Well, to start moneywise MLB doesn’t want Braun missing 50 games; especially the season after the NL Central lost its two biggest superstars in Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.

Fact is Braun is not as popular outside the Midwest as Pujols and Fielder; but he is loved in Milwaukee and the team’s playoff hopes would cut in half if he was gone for 50-games. And the Brew Crew fan base loves when their team is a contender and sans Braun you can hand the NL Central to the Cardinals in Spring Training.

And you have to mention who owned the Brewers before becoming MLB Commissioner, a Mr. Bud Selig. Isn’t it a little ironic, right?

A-rod stretching pre-game at Yankee Stadium. Some Lin-candy.

3) What bothers me, both as a Yankees fan and a baseball fan about Braun saga?

First as a baseball fan, the fact that Braun had no problem giving two speeches for winning the 2011 NL MVP Award, knowing that he had flunked a drug test is sickening.

I realize now that his impromptu NL MVP speech via the MLB Network was about as big an ego trip as I have ever seen before.

Braun went overboard praising and basically high-fiving himself for his work ethic, and blah, blah, blah. Looking back he should have been short and sweet knowing what we know now was true.

Secondly, as a Yankee fan I remember listening to Braun being interviewed by’s Adam McCaivy back in 2009 and here are some of his quotes on Alex Rodriguez’s admission to using PED use:

“It will be interesting to see what he has to say. I will say that I think he’s done everything that he should have done and the best thing he can do is come out, admit to everything and be completely honest. The situation will die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth.”

“I don’t know if I would say I was surprised. I feel like it was so rampant, so prevalent in baseball during that time period that not much surprises me anymore. If anything, I was surprised he got caught, that it came out this long after he supposedly did it.”

“It’s never something that I sought. I would never do it because if I took steroids, I would hit 60 or 70 home runs.”

Back then I thought Braun was being bold and should just zip it, but now it makes me mad.

Yesterday, when the NY Post asked A-rod about Braun’s recent woes, he said:

“I don’t know any of the details or the facts. I would rather not comment on that. I will let the experts like you guys weigh in on that.’’

Arod did make a funny when he spoke of Lin-Sanity in a press conference, as Bryan Hoch quoted the Yankees third baseman saying:

“If he’s still looking for a place to crash, maybe he can crash at my apartment. Imagine the tabloids then?”



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  1. SteveKarsay says:

    What happened to "60 or 70 home runs" ? I think not Ryan Braun.

    • Steve I agree…Braun blabs a lot and his ego is undeniably inflated. Let's see him carry his team in 2012….but he will probably blame any poor performance on the test, or losing Prince.

      It is NEVER his fault….and his lengthy explanation, in which he repeated himself over and over, was pathetic. If he is innocent than he why was he trying so hard to convince the public he is innocent??? Braun has to live with himself….and if the test was tampered with the numerous seals would have been broken.

  2. Richard Griffith says:

    If and until all the facts are laid out pinheads can pile on, conspiracy theorists can have their 5 minutes of fame. This is a privacy issue which MLB violated, and now a third-party arbitrator has ruled for Braun. So be it. PLAY BALL.

    • Richard you are correct… you must have been livid when A-rod's name got leaked off an "anonymous" list that was a sealed US court document.

      A lot of Braun defenders are chalking it up to a privacy issue….hope you realize that A-rod's was even worse and he could have denied it and we would never even know because of the time frame, along with the federal laws it would be breaking.

      A-rod made no comment about Braun, but I am just wondering if he was so innocent than why take that path to get out of it???

      Go take another test ASAP??!!!

      And don't say that Braun said he would allow a blood testing of his DNA because you cannot get DNA from urine so the two cannot be compared; but Ryan should have taken another test.

      Braun has an ego….and I want to know why he never got re-tested??? And if he wanted his name cleared of the positive test, he needed to go after the results not the process. Fact is he urinated in a cup, and it tested positive….those tests are so sealed up and are impossible to tamper with.

  3. Richard Griffith says:

    Is there a Bloggers Code of Ethics or some Moral Guidelines that YBN adheres to? If so, you need to re-read them. Piling on with unsubstantiated Rumors regarding Herpes, then throwing Jeter in the mix as a joke? I thought you were better than that.

    I'm not a Braun defender, but I have been a part of drug testing programs and have seen enough false-positives/negatives that have altered careers and or reputations. You and I don't know the facts, and to say otherwise is foolish at the very least.

    Braun was tested the entire year and came up NEGATIVE so his MVP results were genuine. He tested positive before the playoffs with off the chart spikes in T-levels. He WAS retested and was negative. No one is taking about tampered seals. However, chain of custody and storage procedures provided some reasonable doubt.

    And yes, if you Google DNA and urine and multiple forensic sites state that you CAN get DNA from urine. And of course we know that Braun's lawyers offered a DNA test but MLB refused.

    MLB blew it on the leak and storage procedures. After listening to hours of MLB radio hosts attest to Braun's stellar character, I'm willing to give him a break.

    • SteveKarsay says:

      You're clearly better at keeping a level head than me. The whole situation makes me sick. It's unfortunate for Ryan Braun but he wont ever be the same in my eyes unless he provides more forthcoming answers.

      The attitude he took in his speech on day 1 of spring training was almost more damaging in my eyes than this whole "false positive" situation. He took such a "poor me" "I'm the victim" stance mixed in with some empty threats about legal action. Yeah right Ryan, I'd LOVE to see the day you take legal action against the MLB.

  4. SteveKarsay says:

    I don't thing Braun was tested the entire year… Isn't it a random selection process? With not every player being tested on a regular basis?

    • Richard Griffith says:

      One report had Braun saying he was tested 3 times in 2011 prior to the October positive test. I believe 1 test is mandatory and the others are random.

  5. David says:

    Did it ever occur to you that it may have been a false positive?

    • LLP says:

      David I am not saying Braun is guilty, but he is not innocent either. If it were me and I wanted my reputation to be cleared, I would not get off on a technicality; that is if I were truly innocent. There is no way I would want to get the suspension overturned for any reason except if the results were overturned. Something smells bad with Braun, and read this article (lon below) about what the collector had to say in response to Braun accusing him of tampering….CLICK HERE FOR COLLECTOR’S STATMENTS.

      • Richard Griffith says:

        If he's not innocent or guilty – let me guess Netflix!!!

        Forget the collector. Can you explain to me why MLB denied Braun use of a DNA sample? You may recall that I corrected you in that DNA can be obtained from a urine sample (which is why his lawyers wanted one)

        If you ever get in trouble, your innocent but the deck is stacked against you I bet you would pray to get off on a technicality (which happens every minute of every day)

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