RSS Feed


A Case for Ryan Braun...or not so much


Friday, February 10, 2012 by

As a professional athlete it is safe to say that you are fairly anal about what you put into your body. So when the reigning MVP, Ryan Braun, popped on a standard MLB drug test for an unknown banned substance you can imagine the disbelief when Braun's spokesperson issued this statement: 

"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. 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."

Wait...what? "Highly unusual circumstances"?  "No intentional violation"? Does it matter? The MLB had multiple testing agencies, including the World Anti-Doping Agency, test the sample. All positive for extremely high levels of testosterone that was determined to be exogenous, meaning it came from outside the body. As in fake. As in not the stuff that's made when i'm in a bar shouting about the Skankies/Red Sox rivalry.

Braun's camp is claiming that the failed test was a result of medication given to him for a prior infection. Here is where it gets embarrassing. Rumor has it Braun was combating Herpes with this medication. The bloggers at claims to have spoken to a high ranking Brewers official. On their site they wrote:

"I have more inside information on the Ryan Braun ‘herpes rumor’ situation. I heard this yesterday from two guys who both work for the Brewers. According to them, “Braun will be let off because he tested positive for Herpes and the medication given to him by his doctor (legal to fight this) is what caused the spike. Braun and his lawyers plan to go after whoever leaked the story because of HIPAA laws. That is why Braun has not made a statement and that is also why in Mark’s statement he referenced it being a “personal issue.”

So if it's true, does Braun deserve the same punishment as a player who popped for blatant steroid use? Should Selig make exceptions to his rule that clearly states that all players must be 100% aware of what they are putting into their bodies?

If the herpes rumor is true, why is it taking so long to verify? And furthermore, why was the testing company not notified of the medications that Braun was currently taking prior to submitting to the test. Don't they ask what meds you are on before they take the sample? Seems awfully fishy to me. 

What do you think?

Leave a Reply

Thanks for the comment! Tell your friends about The Inside Slider.

Copyright The Inside Slider 2012. Powered by Blogger.