Originally Posted by Pony Boy
Braun's explanation for being in Bosch's books makes sense, and I believe his explanation. It doesn't change the fact that Braun tested positive for PEDs and got off on a lame technicality. He is a cheater and I don't take him seriously as a baseball player.
I wish that baseball would stiffen the penalty for PEDs. 50 games is a joke. If I were king the penalties would be:
First offense- 162 games, plus player is ineligible for the playoffs in any season that a suspension is served.
Second offense- lifetime ban.
Wait a minute here... why does this explanation make any sense?
The fact is he admittedly paid thousands of dollars to consult with a doctor who is one of the foremost PED supporters in the world. If a guy admits consulting with Victor Conte at Balco, what is the purpose of doing so if not for the clear or the cream? Braun's situation is identical to that.
I agree though that he was obviously guilty before. I agree that the penalties need to be ramped up to just what you suggest.
But for anybody to believe Braun now -- well, lets just repeat the whole "fool me once" aphorism that GWB made into a Who song... You can't get fooled again