By now you’ve heard about Ryan Braun‘s latest achievement, namely becoming the first player ever hit with an MLB suspension who managed to win on appeal.
Braun immediately released a statement saying:
“It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.”
But let’s be crystal clear on one thing…the dude was not innocent. He got off on a technicality and nothing more.
Braun didn’t argue evidence of tampering, didn’t argue anything about science being wrong but argued protocol had not been followed. A second source confirmed to ESPN investigative reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada that Braun did not dispute the science but rather questioned chain of custody/collection procedure.
According to one of the sources, the collector, after getting Braun’s sample, was supposed to take the sample to FedEx/Kinkos for shipping but thought it was closed because it was late on a Saturday. As has occurred in some other instances, the collector took the sample home and kept it in a cool place and possibly refrigerated it. Policy states that the sample is supposed to get to FedEx as soon as possible.
Braun’s initial T/E ratio was more than 20:1. And sources previously confirmed synthetic testosterone in his system.
The moment the news came out you saw player after player, and Brewers fan after Brewers fan, taunting the media for “being premature”, loaded with countless #suckonthat’s.
Let’s be clear on one thing. The media got it right and you’re the ones getting it wrong. Oh so wrong.
Should the 50 game suspension be tossed aside because of the “chain of custody” issue that was raised? Absolutely, if only to protect the sanctity of the current system.
Does this mean Braun is innocent, that he is exonerated or that his “good named is cleared”?
Not a chance in hell.