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Ryan Braun on PED charge: “I’m completely innocent”

Dec 11, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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There’s been so much blatant lying on the topic of steroid usage in baseball that fans have rightfully developed trust issues with the game’s athletes.

But Ryan Braun deserves to be heard on the charge that he was using synthetic testosterone — confirmed by an early-October positive test, then denied by a negative test a few weeks later.

Braun is allowed to tell his side of the story. And he’s doing just that in text message form with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Tom Haudricourt.

Here’s a text from the 2011 NL MVP that Haudricourt¬†received¬†around 10:40 p.m. CT Saturday night:

“I can’t wait to get that opportunity,” said Braun.¬†“This is all B.S. I am completely innocent.”

Braun couldn’t offer much more because he’s in arbitration with Major League Baseball on the charge and the 50-game suspension that goes along with it. A mediator will decide his fate at some point soon.

  1. stoutfiles - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    And here come the pretzels…

  2. mojosmagic - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Like a broken record the cheaters all say the same thing. It buys them time until the heat cools and reality sets in. JC Romero, a recent cheater, said it was all a mistake and he was taking over the counter supplements he didn’t know contained steroids. His appeal was denied, 50 games served, and never any good after that. I am still waiting on Barry Bonds. Ryan Braun STFU!

  3. ufullpj - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    A couple quick thoughts. First, on SI.com, Will Carroll has a great column explaining the procedure, how the results are measured, etc. As it has been pointed out already on the comments section, there can be a wide range of natural variance in T/E ratios on a daily basis.

    That being said, regardless of the outcome, ESPN has hit another low. Not only is this is a confidential procedure, but the guy is appealing the results. However, ESPN released a report condemning the guy before all the facts were heard and conclusions reached. The fact that neither Braun, nor MLB, nor the Brewers can comment on this, but ESPN can hammer the guy is really sad.

    IF Braun is guilty, then it’s incredibly disappointing, both for him, but also MLB. If Braun is innocent….well, I’d love to watch the retraction issued by ESPN on ESPN 8, the Ocho. While I personally believe integrity matters in sport, it also matters in journalism. ESPN has been walking a fine, fine line in recent years between objective journalism and tabloid journalism / PR for entities in which they have monetary interest (for example, the BCS, among others), and regardless of the outcome of the Braun story, ESPN needs to realize that premature reporting and scooping does not meet the burden of integrity for journalism.

  4. buffalomafia - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Why get suspended if you can get the supplements @ GNC or Vitamin World? You can get stronger just by doing cardio.

    Brewers fans get ready for more losing seasons! Go Yanks!

  5. jonirocit - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I guess if they are all gonna cheat just legalize it and that way the games will be more exciting . If Braun in innocent it would seem this whole testing policy is flawed . Also if there is a confidential policy in place how did this get out before the suspension . I guarantee MLB front office didn’t leak it and now if he was guilty he will come back clean via the 3rd test to avoid the whole MVP doper thing . I just really wish we could all enjoy a season without this crap . I blame the media just as much as players. More balls and strikes and less days of our lives.

  6. couldntthinkofaname - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    its not even close this is without a doubt the dumbest and most naive thing i have ever read on a sports talk site and i thought morons stuck to PFT and left baseball to people with brains . MOST PRO ATHLETES ARE ON PEDS dont worry about it steroids dont add skill they make an athlete more able to display their skill which is what we pay them for
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    It’s always nice to hear from Floyd Landis! Floyd, I didn’t know you were a self-righteous baseball nerd!

    • jwbiii - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      And Landis was popped for T/E ratio as well!

  7. aceshigh11 - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Fun fact:

    That beard he’s sporting in the above picture grew in between the 1st and 6th innings of a night game with the Reds.

    He actually started the game clean-shaven.

    He’s either on “T”, or he is, in fact, a werewolf.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM

      After all the technical BS and people on both sides arguing one side or the other, this made me laugh out loud. Thanks aces…

    • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:41 AM

      Werewolves? Jayson Werth is definitely hiding.

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