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Union head Michael Weiner releases a statement about Ryan Braun

Dec 13, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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Steroids stories breaking when no other news is going on means that everyone is gonna get out in front of it. Like, way in front of it. This stuff with Ryan Braun went down on Saturday and I think people have already decided what his grandchildren’s legacy is going to be as a result.

But not so fast, says the MLBA! Its head honcho Michael Weiner released a statement this morning telling everyone to chill out:

“Our Joint Drug Agreement is designed to protect a player from a rush to judgment before he can challenge a reported positive test result. Fairness dictates that Ryan Braun be treated no differently. I urge all to reserve judgment on this matter until the JDA’s process has played itself out.”

He’s right. Good luck with that because the mob is already mobbing, but he’s right.

  1. El Bravo - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I heard Ryan Braun kills puppies to make “puppy mash” which he eats daily to improve his swing.

    • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      I hear from Tony Sparano that he got the recipe from Michael Vick.

      • El Bravo - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        Yeah I understand Vick just ate it for the taste though. A little cayenne pepper and lime is the ticket! …er, so I hear.

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      I heard it was raw bull testicle mash (not banned), which would account for the high levels of testosterone in his system myself. Those poor bulls….

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Don’t ask why I typed “myself” into that. I do not know.

      • phukyouk - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        wow! wherever you guys are getting your info from is just awful… i know.. FOR.A.FACT that he drinks his own urine as a source of energy before each at bat.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Hahaha! Is this where the “Beast Mode” comes into play Bravo?

      • El Bravo - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Nailed it.

  2. Nick C - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM


  3. crashdog - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I have a better idea Mr. Weiner. How about your players quit injecting crap in their bodies so they can hit a ball further? Sorry Braun. You get no goodwill or “innocent until proven guilty”. There has yet to be a player in MLB that has been accused of or tested positive for PED use, that didn’t do it. But we have seen far too many guys that denied it get caught. Congrats Ryan, you now have the proud stigma of being a cheater and a liar. Hope the money was worth it……….

    • phukyouk - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      “accused of”
      See Bagwell, Jeff

      • crashdog - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        I never saw Bagwell’s name come up in a court or the Mitchell Report….whispers and innuendo are a little different than accusations

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

        And an accusation is far from a conviction.

        Let the process play itself out. If you can’t do that, then you don’t deserve to heard regarding the issue at hand.

      • phukyouk - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        and yet he has not been voted for the HOF yet admittedly by a voter due to PEDs suspicions…

    • Kyle - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Moral outrage is so much fun!

    • Cran Boy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      also see Ibanez, Raul

    • nategearhart - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      This is the exact opposite of logic.

      • crashdog - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        Yes, it is illogical to think that a power hitter is using PEDs

      • nategearhart - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        Guilt by association is a logical fallacy, yes.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    ESPN: The dumb jocks of journalism.

  5. cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    In my mind, this is overdue from Weiner. Not only that, MLB (or whomever has been gossiping) needs a good smack for letting this leak. The chances of an incorrect synthetic testosterone test are small, the circumstances required to return a + result without using synthetic testosterone are esoteric but the possibility that Bruan is telling the truth exists. Until the full circumstances are disclosed, including Braun’s side of story, rushing to condemn Braun smacks of ignorance.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      It’s also incredibly reckless.

  6. lardin - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    It is called an opinion and everyone is entitled to one, and they can formulate that opinion when ever and how ever they want (they are like A33 holes). The government or in this case MLB has to follow a process in order to suspend a player. This process does not preclude the general public from forming an opinion though….

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Just speaking for myself, I prefer that opinions be fact-based.

      Also, probably wise to remember that ESPN stands for ENTERTAINMENT and SPORTS Programming Network (journalism? not so much).

      • lardin - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

        Here are the facts, Braun tested positive for a banned substance. He is appealing. There has never been a successful appeal. He faces a 50 game suspension.. Everything else is speculation until we have more facts. People can form an opinion if they want to. Thats there prerogative.

      • umrguy42 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Is that what the E is for? I always thought it stood for “EASTERN”…

    • stex52 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      There is certainly nothing out there that prevents from spouting opinions, but simple fairness should tell us we can keep them to ourselves until the process plays out.

      • lardin - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

        Thats fair, but the media is the news business an like it or not the fact that reigning nl MVP faces a fifty game suspension is news. If espn didn’t report it someone else would have, especially this time of year.

  7. evanhartford - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    I get the whole, “lets not rush to judgement” stuff but there hasn’t been a baseball player that has tested positive and was later proven “innocent”. I can’t really blame people for rushing to judgement.

    I think MLB should do a much better job of “rushing” the process. This guy tested positive how many months ago and we’re only finding out now? It takes like 2 weeks for a drug addict to get tested from start to finish. This doesn’t really make any sense.

    • nategearhart - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      Why should Braun be lumped in with others already proved guilty just because he has the same job as them?

      • lardin - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        Because he failed a test.

      • nategearhart - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        But evanhartford isn’t saying “judge him because he failed a test”, he’s saying “judge him because other players haven’t been proven innocent”. I’m wondering why that’s ok.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Actually we don’t know that there’s been no players who have tested positive and then were proven to not have cheated after the appeal. Want to know why we don’t know? Because the process is supposed to be confidential.

    • stex52 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      “Proven innocent” is tough to start with. There are a lot being tried out of innuendo. When the league makes a definitive statement we have time to jump on board.

  8. bigleagues - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    1) This story leaked before the internal (non-public) appeal hearing process having been conducted. Media and fans learn of test results AFTER the appeal process is concluded. This story should not be public yet.

    2) It appears that no one on any MLB beat is doing their job (again). The 13-0 record that MLB owns over appeals does not count FALSE positives (and yes, they do exist).

    Most importantly, that reported number does not include/reflect discredited results before the appeal hearing ever occurs (which Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has stated and clarified on Twitter that a trusted source confided in him an account of a specific player who had tested positive and the suspension was dismissed before it ever reached a hearing.

    3) These “facts” are in the digisphere because Jeff Passan caught a comment that Goldstein had made, and Passan asked him to elaborate on what he meant. YET, NO ONE has yet published a denial or acknowledgement by MLB. Has anyone even posed the question to Michael Weiner, David Cornwall or the Commissioner’s Office?

    We are given the impression that the testing is foolproof and never yields false-positives – yet SCIENTIFICALLY speaking this CAN’T BE TRUE. There is a margin of error with all tests, no matter how well sigma six principles have been applied.

    There have been tests that have proven erroneous. But those never reach the appeals process (preserving that politically precious 13-0 record), the player never gets suspended and most importantly we NEVER hear about those cases.

    • bigleagues - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      Start of Twitter exchange between Passan and Goldstein is found here:!/Kevin_Goldstein/status/145944034781831168

      View the rest here:!/search/from%3Akevin_goldstein%20to%3Ajeffpassan

  9. jimsjam33 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Apparently , Ryan Braun is a cheater and the MVP of the National League this year . The big loser in this case is Matt Kemp of the Dodgers who is not a cheater and the runner-up for the MVP . The league office needs to get involved and take away any awards in the record books and apoligize to Kemp . What a travesty !

  10. kacapaco - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    A Cheat is a cheat. The test didn’t turnout positive for nothing. Strip his MVP and make him say ‘I cheated, I have ashamed everyone around me & and am ready to endure the consequences.’ period.

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