Braun’s Ruling Leaves More Questions

Ryan Braun feels vindicated.

His vindication comes from an arbitrator’s ruling that reversed a 50-game suspension because he allegedly tested positive for a performance enhancement drug.  So now the reigning National League MVP can just kick back, relax, and enjoy his life as a Milwaukee Brewer …right?

To quote ESPN’s Lee Corso, “not so fast, my friend…”

Braun may have won his appeal, but his reputation has been sullied a bit.  His name will be now associated with performance enhancing drugs.

Players and fans outside of Milwaukee will look at Braun sideways.  They will start to think (if not so already), “is he really innocent, or did he get over?”

I may not see the future like Dionne Warwick, but something tells me he will get the Barry Bonds-light treatment on the road this season.

Another big star – an MVP no less – associated with performance enhancing drugs.  And by the way, that was the last thing that baseball needs.

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4 replies

  1. Why is there all this righteous indignation about PEDs in baseball, while nobody cares in football? Remember when Brian Cushing won Defensive Rookie of the Year, then tested positive? Remember how they took away the award, had another vote, and he won it again?

    • Look, I’m one of those guys who said “if they hit all those home runs and hits, more power to them”. I’m just saying that Braun didn’t help himself by only arguing the process instead of the test itself…

      • Well, that’s the “Catch-22” of getting lawyers involved. Lawyers are your classic “ends justify the means” types, which can always make you look a bit guilty in the process of not looking guilty.

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