Ryan Braun Suspension
December 11, 2011 by staff
Ryan Braun Suspension, Major League Baseball hasn’t finished taking bows for expanding its testing program for performance enhancing drugs to include human growth hormone, yet soon may be in court to prove that its steroid testing is accurate.
There will be no way for MLB to win, however, as if its findings are affirmed through an upcoming challenge it will have to suspend the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, who was just crowned the National League’s Most Valuable Player.
Braun, signed to contracts worth $141.5 million through the 2020 season in part because of his untarnished image and commitment to his franchise, tested positive for an elevated testosterone level during the playoffs in October. ESPN reported the positive test Saturday night and MLB has not been confirmed it.
However, a spokesman for Braun has confirmed the positive test that he says will be revealed as a false positive. It is likely there will be a hearing in January, with Braun trying to become the first MLB player to win an appeal.
“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,” the spokesman said in a statement to ESPN. “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.”
Barring a reversal, Braun will have to serve a 50-game suspension.
Contacted Saturday night, he told USA Today: “It’s B.S.”
Nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer,” Braun is a speed-power left fielder who drives the ball with more authority than his relatively average build would suggest (he’s listed at 6 feet 1, 210 pounds but appears smaller). He batted .332 with 33 homers and 111 RBIs while stealing 33 bases last season when he and Prince Fielder led the Brewers to the NL Central title before losing to the Cardinals in the NLCS.
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