I'm disgusted!

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm disgusted!

Screw Ryan Braun and the PEDs with which he attained his "greatness" and won the 2011 National League Most Valu­able Player award!

Shortly after his being named MVP, it was also revealed that Braun had failed a routine drug test, and was to be suspend­ed for the first 50 games of the 2012 baseball season.

Braun immediately proclaimed his innocence and announced that he was appealing the results of the drug test.

Remarkably, and for the only time in the history of profes­sional sports... in North America1, at least... Braun's appeal was upheld on a dubious technicality2.

His suspension overturned, Braun would have been able to get on with his career... except that he took that oppor­tu­nity to prove just how low and vile is his essential character with an extended statement replete with what we now know to be complete falsehoods.

  • "If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and say, 'I did it.'"
  • "I truly believe in my heart, and I would bet my life, that this substance never entered my body at any point."
  • "We won because the truth is on my side."
  • "I promise you on any­thing that’s ever meant anything to me in my life – the morals, the values, the virtues by which I’ve lived in my 28 years on this planet – I did not do this."
  • "I would be more than happy and willing to take any and every test to prove that I did not do this."

...ad nauseum.

Worse, Braun made accusations against Dino Laurenzi Jr. the man charged with collecting the sealed urine sample and securely transporting it to a FedEx location to ship to the laboratory for testing.

Braun is scum... his suspension for the remainder of this season and any play-offs isn't enough... for openers, his 2011 MVP Award should be vacated.

But as most baseball fans are probably aware, Braun is only the first major leaguer to be officially identified in the current investigation involving Miami. Florida drug clinic Biogenesis... by week's end, ESPN and sports pages are going to be very messy.

O, and the next time one of these athletes wants to make a statement of exoneration, make'em do it under oath so that there can be criminal consequences to their lies.

  1. Notorious blood doper Lance Armstrong's competitions were in Europe.
  2. Braun's urine sample was collected and sealed on a Saturday, and, following established protocol under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players' Association, stored in a Rubbermaid container until being dropped off at an open FedEx center first thing Monday. Citing the "22 hour time lapse," the decisive member of the arbi­tra­tion panel found in Braun's favor.


1. Ronnie said...

Lier, lier, pants on fire!!!

You haven't heard the worst of what he has said, yet! He is scum!

2. Hambone said...

I fully agree with all your points on Braun (and by extension other dopers). To add to your argument, Braun by agreeing to not playing this season is in effect agreeing to the first infraction and a second. The CBA does not have a provision for 65 games. It is 50 games for the first offense and 100 for the second. So why agree to 65 which in effect is admitting to something you already got away with and admitting to a second instance. First, the evidence would seem to be ironclad. The second is money. He'll forfeit just under $4M of his 75 games 2013 salary. Next year he is due a sizable raise to $10M/year. His team is in last place and the season is a wash for him and the Brewers already. It would appear MLB is willing to negotiate on days rather than actually try a case and the MLBPA and the Commissioner would seem to be in agreement. I would also think since Selig's Brewer's shares went to his sister, that also played into it to some degree.

For the first time in our lengthy, contentious interactions, I concur with you.

What I would like to see... and under the Collective Bargaining Agreement it is likely not possible... is his contracted vacated, and if you wants to stay in the ganme, renegotiate a new one starting over from scratch. Otherwise, where is the disincentive to cheating? If MLB amd the MLBPA are sincere in their desire to "clean up the game," they should start there and stop with the insincere and self-serving statements.

3. Ray Overton said...

The next CBA should include provisions for vacating contracts for players found guilty of violating MLB's drug policy. Braun is accepting of his penalty because he comes back next year with the balance of his contract in place. In the overall scheme of things, the penalty is simply not very harsh.

The second part of this should include a penalty for teams that sign previously suspended drug offenders that would deter them from giving megabucks, long term deals to these players when they come off suspension.

Of course, the MLBPA and the agents will fight anything that truly impacts these offenders' pocket books.

I'm all for the vacating of contracts of proven or admitted drug offenders... but with the proviso that the player, at the end of his suspension, must negotiate a new rate of compensation for the duration of the contract with his existing team. Details would have to be ironed out, but here MLB has red-handed doper Melky Cabrera taking a 50-game suspension, his San Francisco Giants team declining to play him even after the suspension was over, and won the World Serious anyway. Cabrera was released by the Giants the following day, but still received a Championship Ring... voted upon, I believe, by his teammates, and then signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Toronto! No disincentive there!

While we can look askance at the Blue Jays, penalize them and other teams for taking a risk on previously "convicted" players? Why?

I'm as cynical as you are about the players' union, but their own members are rethinking their prior intransigence on the subject.

4. Hambone said...


Rings are not voted on by players, but are a gift from the owner. The only thing the players get to vote on are World Series shares ($). The players can vote whole or partial shares to 40 man roster players, players who had previously been traded but helped, staff, ball boys, coaches, clubhouse people. The one thing they are forbidden to do is vote a share to a player on the losing team. Depending on how the owner views his franchise he can give any number of rings (rings are most common but watches have been done and really the historical precedent was patches). The rings are not uniform either. The payroll clerk is not getting Jeter's diamonds. I saw one ring and I realized he got it because he was the caterer at Yankee Stadium (and yes, his did have very nice diamonds).

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