Friday, February 24, 2012

Ryan Braun: Now Innocent?

So Ryan Braun becomes the first person in MLB history to overturn a drug suspension. Not because he was innocent, but because the samples were tainted. He was so sure from the very beginning that it would get overturned, and he was right. So that means he's innocent, right?

On an interesting note, MLB has already issued a statement to say that they 'vehemently disagree' with the reversal of the suspension. Obviously, they saw something in his original tests that convinced them he was guilty of taking banned substances. Of course, I'm too skeptical of Bud Selig's operation to just agree with his office just because they think we should. I'm actually more apt to believe that anything they say is a lie or is wrong. That's just all the years of drug cover ups and doing everything against the best interest of baseball, is all.

Not to go all conspiracy theory here (ok, I'm going all conspiracy theory here), but Braun was so sure that the sample was tampered with. Maybe faced with a drug test he knew he couldn't pass, he tampered with his own sample. I don't know what happened, and I don't know if Braun is actually clean or not, but what I do know is that most people will be suspicious of him for the rest of his career. It's a shame, but that's how it has to be.

Either way, unless MLB can overturn the non-bias third party's decision to remove Ryan's suspension, Mr. Braun can hold his head high... or something... that he'll get to play those fifty games. And he'll have those fifty more games this year to see everyone staring at him like he's done something wrong. Oh, the 'post-steroid' age....

1 comment:

sportsattitudes said...

Agreed, Ryan's reputation is pretty much compromised forever....even if the sample wasn't. The focus now should be on either improving the test system... or eliminating it.