Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ryan Braun May Not Be So Brawny

I'm sure you've all heard the news. Ryan Braun has tested positive for Performance Enhancement Drugs. Via MLB Trade Rumors.
Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.
Unsurprisingly, Braun is disputing the test though arbitration.

"There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program," said a spokesman for Braun in a statement. "While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

Can we now give the MVP award to the man who should have gotten it in the first place?

Oh, BTW, Braun called the test "B.S." I'll go to Jeff Passan to add more context.
Braun’s urine allegedly included synthetic testosterone, which, in concert with elevated levels, is a damning indictment. That he tested positive during the playoffs is even worse. Whether Braun was looking for a boost or simply figured the reward was well worth the risk is muddled and unlikely to be clear anytime soon as long as he sticks to the I-didn’t-do-it nonsense we’ve heard a million times and not once believed.

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