Mark’s Remarks: Braun wins in split decision
In what would appear to have been more like a boxing match, Ryan Braun won a split decision over Major League Baseball in a 2 to 1 vote, and the appeal overturned his suspension. It was the first time that a player has won a challenge in a drug related penalty in a grievance. Braun won only because the person who collected the vial of urine didn’t FedEx it in a quick enough time. The person who had collected it thought that FedEx was closed on the Saturday of which the test had been taken, and that it wouldn’t be sent for a couple of days. It is said that it was possibly kept on a desk, in a Tupperware container, in a basement, instead of being put in the collectors fridge until it was able to be sent out 2 days later. The first test that showed an elevated amount of testosterone in October was never in question.
Major League Baseball officials are still convinced that the test was Braun’s. They also attest that it was in no way tampered with. The lab chief testified that the urine was not tainted. Braun’s defense questioned the 44 hour time span between collection and when it was received. In the appeal, Braun’s defense didn’t argue evidence of tampering, or the science of the test. They argued that protocol had not been followed, and that chain of command of the collection procedure was, “fatally flawed.”
Despite Ryan Braun coming out declaring himself the winner and innocent of the charges against him, there appears to be NO clear winner, except for the fantasy baseball owner who will be drafting him now for a full season. Braun will be watched even more this year by the jilted MLB. The MLB is looking at possibly suing in federal court to reverse the decision. What it all comes down to is a huge mess. The whole situation leaves more questions than it does answers, and the Truth may never be known.