Ryan Braun reportedly won appeal because sample was delivered to lab two days late

Although Brewers slugger Ryan Braun will not be suspended for a positive drug test, winning the arbitration case does not necessarily mean he’s innocent. From what we know, the positive drug test for elevated levels of testosterone may have been legitimate. Braun may have only won the appeal because his lawyer cast enough doubt about the test to the three-person arbitration panel.

Several media sources are reporting that Braun won the arbitration case thanks to a technicality.

Tom Haudricourt wrote that Braun won the appeal not because they contested the positive test, but because of the testing process.

Karl Ravech explained the issue in greater detail, saying a source told him “the courier who was supposed to deliver a positive sample to a Federal Express building on a Saturday evening decided not to because he thought that building might be closed. He takes it home with him until Monday morning, leaves it intact, brings it back to the Federal Express building, sends it off, but those 36-48 hours is the loophole that allowed Braun to get off.”

Reporter Jon Heyman said the same thing, reporting that “part of braun’s argument was that the chain of custody was broken for 2 days, meaning the sample was left unprotected.”

Tim Kurkjian reported on ESPN that he heard there was a mishandling of the sample.

So how innocent is Braun? Maybe not as innocent as his statement would like you to believe. Braun winning the arbitration hearing on a technicality seems like the reason MLB was so upset the test was overturned.

Braun may have won his appeal, but it will be hard to win back the people who now view him as a dirty player. This is the exact reason Aaron Rodgers said there should be some confidentiality; the public was not supposed to know about the positive test or appeal.

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  • Anonymous

    Is that really a pic of Braun’s piss?  Nice job!!! 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I got it from the courier’s fridge

  • Anonymous

    You’re amazing.  But you knew that anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Schultz/100003344074835 Dave Schultz

    I don’t think people will see Braun as a cheat because he’s not ripped to shreds like Ahnuld. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWSK6DOY7AFQXJSGK4KEIKZKWA Rick

    BULL $#!&!!!!  If you get caught, you should take your punishment like a real man!!! Braun should be terminated by the team and no one else should even consider picking him up!! Guilty as hell and he knows it!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WBWTSZM7J32N6KCFJJZBFKYNT4 jeff p


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S5LSPJEBLI4CZEJIVITMKUEHDY CC Rider

    And, as the article said, you shouldn’t even know that.  THAT’S the BS in this mess.

  • Anonymous

    As Dan Patrick said about one hour ago, Who leaked this story out, certainly not Ryan Braun. Some heads in MLB will roll before this is over! If Rick was a Yankee fan, I would like to see his comment then. After all he is MLB’s MVP. I’ll wait until his  interview in about forty minutes before I make any comment, I suggest Rick does the same. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VOO52XOOTNNV6BGMDS33YODV5I Kenn

    why is it tht most people always believe the worst in someone? this should never even had been reported, but for some a-hole who can’t wait to smear someone because they can’t stand their own lives, and can’t stand for whatever reason someone is liked and respected. all of you move on, innocent until proven guilty, remember.

  • http://twitter.com/SportsChump ChrisHumpherys

    The whole thing is really a joke.  Someone please tell baseball we’re not as stupid as they think we are.