View Full Version : Ryan Braunís Drug Suspension Overturned

Jack Butler
02-23-2012, 08:42 PM
You don't here that everyday!!
It will be nice to here the rest of the story.

DUNEDIN, FLA.óIn an unprecedented case for major league baseball involving the sportís oft-criticized eight-year-old drug testing program, National League MVP Ryan Braun has seen his 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs revoked.


02-23-2012, 09:30 PM
Not every one is happy with the outcome.

"The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, one day before the 28-year-old outfielder was due to report to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. The commissioner's office and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency each were disappointed and angry about the ruling. "

"MLB executive vice-president Rob Manfred said management ďvehemently disagreesĒ with Das' decision. "


Barry Morris
02-24-2012, 04:28 AM
Who can trust a closed door decision??

Jack Butler
02-24-2012, 09:54 AM
...something about the urine sample spending the weekend in a fridge.
The person responsible, didn't know Fed-Ex works on Saturdays!
So, I'm guessing the sample timed out and became invalid.

02-24-2012, 10:18 AM

"Braun's representatives are saying there was a difference in the ph balance of Braun's sample when it was taken at the time of the test and when it arrived at the lab in Montreal. A source said the director of the Montreal Olympic doping lab, Christiane Ayotte, testified during the hearing that it was not unusual for the balance to be different, as the equipment used in the field is not as sophisticated and accurate as the equipment in the lab. She also said she did not question the integrity of the sample and that it arrived with all seals intact.

Sources told Quinn and Fainaru-Wada the seals were totally intact and testing never reflected any degradation of the sample. Based on the World Anti-Doping Agency code, this is exactly what would have been expected to happen, and the collector took the proper action, the source said.

The source also noted that synthetic testosterone doesn't show up just because a sample sits in one place or another.

Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision "a real gut-kick to clean athletes." "

Once Das, the independent panel member whose decision overturned the suspension, gives his written report MLB will consider going to federal court to sue Das to have the decision overturned.

Jack Butler
02-24-2012, 06:02 PM
Braun said that he submitted a urine sample at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 1, after the Brewers' 4-1 playoff victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The drug-testing collector, who administered the test, is required under the guidelines to immediately ship the test from a Federal Express to MLB's laboratory in Montreal. Yet, the official apparently thought that the Fed Ex offices were closed until Monday. Braun said that his legal team discovered that five Fed Ex offices were open until 9 p.m., including one that was open 24 hours. The test was not sent out until 1:30 p.m. Monday, Braun said, providing ample time for the sample to be tampered.