Originally Posted by scott91575
So you are saying it's a lie or possibly made up that he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Why wouldn't Braun or his lawyers want to facts to be correct? Instead they let possibly libelous statements go with no response?
You can state any form of information is incorrect. He could have lied. He could have bribed the arbitrators. The information given to the arbitrators could all be lies. Therefore they did not have the correct info either. The only way we will find out is if he are able to scan Ryan Braun's thoughts.
In other words, media investigations into the facts are fairly concrete. Yes, they can be wrong (along with the "facts" given to an arbiter), but the vast majority of the time are correct. Especially if a person involved would be hurt by the info yet doesn't dispute it, as in this case. If your defense for not coming up with your own belief on this is "we don't have all the facts" then I am afraid you will never have a belief on anything. Heck, no one could make a decision on anything since most things can be put in some form of doubt.
So yes, we do have facts to the best of our knowledge. Dismissing it is rather poor when trying to come to a conclusion about what happened.
The simple facts are we were told by media reports that the sample had synthetic testosterone. If you want to not believe that, go right ahead. Yet most people will accept that since it was reported through reputable sources and not refuted by Braun. Good enough for me. If it's not for you, well, you can believe what you want. Yet the information we do have certainly paints a poor picture for Braun, and he has never denied them.
edit: oh, and the reason for him not being punished has nothing to do with him actually being guilty of using PED's. So that decision in no way determines if he actually used PED's, and we are left to make our own decision. In fact, I agree with the decision on the facts given and I think he used PED's. From what is known, the reason he was not punished is the sample protocol was not fully followed, not that is wasn't his sample, not that it was tampered with, and not that he tested positive.
We only know a tiny fraction of the whole story. I think you may be focusing on only a very small sub-set of questionable "facts" and overlooking some evidence to the contrary.
By the way, Braun has
in fact denied taking the PEDs. He does
dispute the results of the test. He has
refuted the reports. It is incorrect to say he has not.
Secondly, you don't know the reason(s) why Braun's suspension was overturned. All we know is Braun used the violation of the sample handling protocol as the technicality he needed to earn an appeal hearing.
As has been stated before, a player cannot appeal the result of the test
according to the collective bargaining agreement. That was not an option for him. He used the mishandling of the samples as the technicality he needed to earn a hearing in front of an independent arbiter (who had ruled against the players in all previous cases). Braun's defense team must have presented a very persuasive argument that the penalty was not deserved. I don't think an experienced arbiter like Shyam Das is going to pardon an obviously guilty party based on a minor technicality. There was clearly a very strong and compelling case that Braun should not be punished. I don't think you should just offhandedly dismiss that possibility.
What do you make of the reports that the test result was insanely high for synthetic testosterone? The rumored test result was said to be twice as high as any other sample ever tested. That alone calls the test and/or the sample into question. Seems strange to think that Braun took twice as much PED as anybody else ever did yet showed no physical, emotional or behavioral effects. Combine that with the admittedly poor handling of the sample plus whatever other evidence and testimony were presented at the hearing and an acquital doesn't seem far-fetched. I trust an experienced arbiter like Shyam Das to make a wise decision. I am sure he had very good reasons for ruling in the player's favor for the first time ever.
I remain very suspicious of Ryan Braun. He very well could be a PEDs user. The truth remains to be seen. If the time comes when he is actually proven
guilty then I support a severe punishment.