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No deadline for decision on Ryan Braun’s PED appeal

Feb 9, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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It has been three whole weeks since Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a plea of innocence in front of an independent arbitrator in New York City, and yet no decision has been made about the NL MVP’s status for the start of the 2012 regular season.

Braun, who tested positive for “insane” levels of synthetic testosterone around the beginning of the 2011 playoffs and is thus facing a 50-game suspension, could be kept waiting a bit longer.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the arbitrator tasked with making the decision in Braun’s PED case is not being held to the usual 25-day deadline. So the review of Braun’s appeal will go on as long as it has to, with no guarantee that things will be wrapped up by the opening of spring camp.

Pitchers and catchers report on February 18 and the Brewers’ first full-squad workout is on February 25.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM


    • dondada10 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      And I don’t mean that in a nasty way. I like Braun. But why was there an extension granted? Or rather no deadline, it seams.

      • schuch10 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM

        I imagine some sort of extenuating circumstances

      • paperlions - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        Plus, the point should be to get it right, not to do it fast. If, for some reason, those 25 days do not allow them to make a decision they are 100% comfortable with and they feel that a little more time will help with that…there is no harm in waiting.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    As a Brewer fan thisis somewhat good news. If they aren’t ready to rule after 25 days it makes me think there’s some reason that puts the test results in doubt and they want to get it right.

  3. baseballisboring - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I hope it gets overturned. How great would that be? Not a Brewers fan but baseball is better when Braun is playing, and it would serve as a great cautionary tale for rushing to judgment like the people who wanted his MVP taken away.

  4. mattkempsdetlefschrempfs - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    The longer the suspension the better as only time can heal the embarassment still fresh from the inside the park stumbling debacle last year.

  5. mattkempsdetlefschrempfs - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I feel the longer the suspension the better as only time can heal the embarassment still fresh from the inside the park HR stumbling debacle last year.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Pretty lame dude.

  6. randygnyc - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Um, sounds like bullish!t to me. My understanding is that penalties are served without the consideration of mitigating factors. In other words, if it’s in your body, your guilty, period. Zero tolerance, as it should be, IMO.

    • muskyhunter2542 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Your dumb!!!

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:59 AM

        “Your”? LOL never fails! What next is he “stoopid” as well?

      • muskyhunter2542 - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        What you said makes no sense!!! Go finish school

      • muskyhunter2542 - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        Can you come at me with something else? You bore me

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Not exactly true. The rule basically says that player negligence will not be an accepted excuse. ie. If the player could have found out that what he was taking contained a banned substance but failed to do so, then he is guilty.

      The story I read used tainted organic milk as an example. I have no idea how or if that would affect one’s testosterone production, but the MLB does not expect players to test every piece of food that they eat for contamination.

  7. hammyofdoom - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Honestly, this whole saga has me really intrigued. The fact that this reached the light of day at this point has to mean that there is at least a good chance that Braun is innocent… I wouldnt hold out TOO much hope as a Brewer fan, but you should have a little there.

  8. nflinla - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!!!!


  9. jleo78 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I get the people that dont want braun to play the 1st 50 games because he destroys the centrals best pitching. But if he is to be suspended, then make it a worthy suspension. And if it turns out he did it w/ the intension to cheat, id say take the mvp award back. But love him or hate him, he is one of baseballs best and i think the only ones getting screwed are the fans. Braun isnt going to starve and i honestly believe that mlb has a whole lot of egg on their face right now by letting this test result leak, and that mlb is doing everything possible to make this right and that, in my opinion is why there is no deadline. Good news for the Brewers and the fans. There is a zero tolerance policy so if they could have burried him, then the guilty verdict would already have been handed out and none of us would be talking about this right now.

  10. scout144 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    New theory, MLB wants a 100% vote either way, either he is 100% guilty or 100% not guilty, and will hold off as long as possible to obtain that verdict since they couldn’t keep the whole process confindental as should have been.

  11. beltmerica - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Stfu kemp…

  12. mute617 - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM


    With the “insane” amount reported, for all we know, maybe it never was in his body

  13. j4a1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Since this is supposed to be a “confidential” process, wouldn’t we only hear something if he is indeed found guilty and suspended?

  14. j4a1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I believe that the leak of this information is a direct violation of the CBA. The process is supposed to be confidential. Not only were the test results revealed before the appeal process, but so was personal medical information which is in violation of HIPPA regulations. If a hospital had done this they would be open to a huge law suit. I think there is some negotiating going on. If the process isn’t going to be confidential then the players will not buy into it. That is a huge problem for the league.

  15. Walk - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I would use this case among others the next time they got together for a labor deal. Mlb has proven they cannot abide by the terms of the drug testing policy so i think this is rather a larger issue than most may think. At this point they need to find out how to keep information like this confidential if they cannot prove they can do that then there needs to be a change to the format.

  16. papacrick - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Seems like he’s getting White Jew preferential treatment. If this was anybody else that suspension would’ve been handed out 3 weeks ago. I’m sure MLB is trying to find any way possible to grant the pardon without looking suspicious.

    • nightman13 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Wow are you an ignorant jack ass. If you are going to level harsh criticism with racial overtones you better have some evidence to back it up…which you don’t.

      Who are the non-white non-Jew players that got hosed so badly?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      I guess according to you drug testing is 100% right everytime.

  17. kevkinmke - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Just hoping Braun is cleared when all is said & done, we shall see…hoping for the best but prepared for the worst case scenario.

  18. lookatthefarside - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Ron Mexico II.

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