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Previewing today’s Ryan Braun idiocy

Feb 6, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

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The Ryan Braun/Biogenesis report from Yahoo! came out in the evening, so most big columnists and opinion-spinners haven’t yet had a crack at it beyond their initial “oh man, Ryan Braun!” reactions.  But rest assured they’ll be out in full force today.

This is Ryan Braun after all. And the anger at him from the anti-PED zealots is extreme. In some cases maybe even more extreme than it is against A-Rod because Braun is seen as having slipped the hangman’s noose last year when he successfully appealed his suspension for testing positive for testosterone. The fact that he did so because the testers failed to follow the rules is irrelevant to them because that’s part of the due process owed the accused in baseball’s drug testing program and these folks don’t much care for due process.

And so it is with Braun Scandal 2.0.  His name showed up in Biogenesis records. Never mind that it, unlike the other players, wasn’t linked to any PEDs. Never mind that his official statement — that his lawyers used Dr. Bosch as a consultant during his appeal last year — is eminently plausible and worth exploring before we rush to judgment.  As per last year’s example we’re apparently allowed to pick and choose the facts when our outrage is at stake, so him merely being in those records are all that will likely matter when the Outrage Industrial Complex gets going.

Among the things I fully expect from the Outrage Industrial Complex later today:

  • People who trust Bosch’s records as 100% accurate insofar as they implicate ballplayers will claim that he is far too sloppy and untrustworthy to have served as a consultant for Braun;
  • People who have never litigated nor consulted a day in their lives will claim that it makes no sense for Braun’s litigators to have used Bosch as a consultant (Morosi is already on this one). The Outrage Industrial Complex LOVES to act like they know the first thing about the law in these kinds of cases;
  • People unconcerned with the actual facts of the situation will be quick to talk about how this is “poetic justice” and or “ironic” — and they will inevitably misuse the word “ironic” in doing so — for Braun to be ensnared again. And of course there will be no desire whatsoever by these people to actually let the investigation proceed beyond the 12 hour mark before deciding such things.

I’m sure there will be other examples. The news business comes at you fast. There’s no time for actually waiting for information to come out and/or be authenticated before drawing conclusions from it. That’s amateurish and naive.  Or at least that’s what people tell me.

Here’s hoping none of them never find themselves under fire for something and face the same sort of treatment to which they subject others.

144 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. wallio - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Where in that article did he deny it? He says it was a “challenge” and talks about his father and intergrity but he never says “I am innoncent, I never used PEDs” the article author said he denied it, which is way different. Nice try tho.

  2. illcomm - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    hey Craig. did you win that embzellment case? or were you as bad as a lawyer as you are now as a blogger/writer?

    • jrobitaille23 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      ha ha seriously. Any PED controversy and he takes the players’ side. I think he is alone thinking that Braun was innocent and that the ‘chain of command’ b.s. was appropriate defense to get off.

      • jdushin - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Obviously Craig was not alone in thinking the “chain of command” was an appropriate defense as the the arbitrator of the case ruled in Braun’s favor.

      • purpleronin - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        It’s called ‘Chain of Custody’

  3. belichickrulz - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Craig, were you wearing your Braun jersey when you wrote this or just your Brewers hat?

  4. cruuuzcontrol - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Craig, are you getting paid by Braun as a consultant, too?

  5. johnnyb1976 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I said it last season around this time on this site. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. All the Braun apologists were out in full force to attack me. It feels good to be right, but it feels even better to watch all those people eat crow while they listen to me tell them… I told you so.

    • Alex K - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      How, exactly, does this prove anything?

    • tgifinley88 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Wow. Exhibit A of the moronic internet heroes leading this Ryan Braun witch hunt. When Braun and his lawyers meet with the MLB to show their consultation reports with Bosch, and when Braun is in the midst of another MVP caliber season, we’ll see who will be eating the crow. And just like last year, all these Braun haters will disappear and have nothing to say.

  6. Carl Hancock - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    So Braun just happened to consult with a hole in the wall, little known fraud of a “Doctor” who was supplying PED’s to Miami based ball players? Yea, and his piss sample tested positive because it wasn’t delivered to the lab right away. Not because he took PED’s. It all makes sense now. So who’s the idiot in this equation? Braun? His lawyers? His agents? Or all of them? What a crock of shit.

    • zacksdad - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      You left out Craig in this. Craig still believes in the tooth fairy.

  7. thegreatstoneface - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    boy, there’s a ton of jackasses leaving comments, aren’t there?

  8. kirkvanhouten - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Holy mother of God! By reading these comments, you’d think Ryan Braun personally raped all of your mothers.

    Yes, it’s plausible that Braun is busted and is a total liar-pants-on-fire. It’s also possible that he is telling the truth and his lawyers just consulted with them. As my entire knowledge of law comes from Season 5 of “Angel” when Charles Gunn gets a bunch of law information implanted in his brain, I really can’t make that judgement.

    How about everyone take a deep breath, wait for the investigation to conclude and save our hate until then. You can hate him just as much a month from now, I promise. But this way, we’ll know if it’s justified or not.

  9. albertmn - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    We need more info on this before you can really argue either side for Braun or any of the other players.

  10. tjv027 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Dude, you are way quicker to jump to the defense of these guys than anyone is to attack them. What’s your deal? Why are you always the noble defender of all guys who test positive? I remember your Melky columns last year, you’d think the guy was your first born.

  11. jgillmeister - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Lets be honest – Braun’s guilt was well established last year. That he didn’t get a suspension had nothing to do with him not being guilty. It was a case of MLB not following their own rules. This likely some residual smoke form last year’s inferno

  12. a125125125 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Even worse than the media’s rush to judgment? Craig’s flippant response when/if it’s revealed that he actually used PEDs.

    • nategearhart - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Not really though. The media of all things should absolutely not rush to judgment; hell, media shouldn’t be judging AT ALL, just reporting.

  13. sufferingphilsfan - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    here he goes again..braun gets the benefit of the doubt…cause that pee of his the tester had in a fedex box degraded to the point that you started to see drugs in his system… i can picture craig writing this article in front of his ryan braun bobblehead.

  14. jeffbbf - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    For all of the Braun defenders – just re-read all of these posts, jump in the way-back machine to a couple years ago, and replace “Braun” with “Armstrong”. Remember all of the adamant denials, the threats of lawsuits, and most of all, the mounting evidence? Sure, there’s no “hard” evidence now (unless you count the positive test last year as hard evidence erased by a technicality), but it seems kinda silly to to stand firmly in one camp or the other. Seems odd that he would lean on this company for consulting services to clear his name and then not pay up? If I was Braun, I think I’d want to close the book on that before it got back in the public.

    • nategearhart - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Who’s defending? I’ve not seen anyone say he’s innocent of anything, only that people should chill out, step back, and see what comes out of this.

    • lazlosother - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Armstrong has nothing to do with Braun. Note the complete lack of Braun associates & teammates contradicting his assertions, or going to the media/enforcement officials to make accusations.

      Due process isn’t a technicality, our justice system is built on it. Processes are there for a reason, and if they are not adequate the results they provide are not reliable.

      Several attorneys have stated in this comment section that disputes over fees isn’t abnormal. Why would Braun or his attorneys worry about the public knowing of a fee dispute? It isn’t relevant to the facts of the case.

      Laslty, false positives are possible, and can result from ingesting beef from steroid treated cattle among other things. While an athelete should know what he/she is eating or taking, mistakes do happen.

      The Braun defenders” aren’t saying he didn’t do steroids, they are saying that the results proved nothing – the process was corrupted. The process was changed after the Braun case, if there was no problem why change the process?

      • jeffbbf - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

  15. jason9696 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    This guy is such a cheater. There should be an asterisk for his National League MVP from 2011.

  16. sportsfreak61787 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    lol the best part is the fact that with these bs reports theres not a chance in hell hes gona get suspended :-) they found aroid n cabreras named listed next to peds. all they found was brauns name stating he owed him $. why wouldn’t there be any peds listed next to his name? get over it crybabys braun wins AGAIN!!!

  17. gosport474 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    LOL, maybe Craig’s post could be called Premature Kneejerk to Outrage Industrial Complex.

  18. sdemp - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Can we just talk about Manti Te’o.

  19. b453841l - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’ll believe none of this until I see Braun’s full-form birth certificate. Why doesn’t he just say, “I was born in the United States of America, not Kenya.”??? Then we could all sleep soundly at night knowing the MVP isn’t a muslin terrorist. If you actually READ the Constitution, you’ll find this in there. Jefferson wrote it himself.

  20. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    He is a cheater. Cheaters are like alcoholics, there is no cure.

  21. gbar22 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I wish the baseball anti ped you ruined my childhood zealots would just go away. Who cares really in the end? Players do these things to make fans happy by putting up numbers or recovering quickly to get on the field and help the team win. Honestly just go away crazies.

    • jeffbbf - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      wanna do my taxes?

  22. bayarea510 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    So you’re telling me out of the Drs. to consult for his case Braun just happens to pick the one who is shooting up half of Miami. Its just a BIG coincidence guys…….

    • bh192012 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah, his lawyers thought,

      Lawyer 1 “We need consultants to determine how this regular urine could have become testosterony by sitting in a fridge.”

      Lawyer 2 “I know, lets look up some anti-aging clinics in Miami in the phone book. We’ll pay them even if their credentials don’t hold up.”

      Lawyer 1 “That sounds reasonable.”

  23. macjacmccoy - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Yea and the Glove didnt fit OJ and he got off. It doesnt mean the blood of Goldman and his Wife found in his vehicle was fake or his blood at the crime scene was fake all it means is he got off bc someone was dumb handling the case. And it certainly doesnt make him innocent. Same with Braun just bc someone didnt handle the case right and he got off doesnt make the failed drug test any less real or make him innocent.

  24. shaggytoodle - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  25. Carl Hancock - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Wow. Some jackass on here anonymously emailed my company to complain about my views on Braun. They didn’t have the balls to use their real name, like I do, and I guess they fail to realize that I own the company. Grow the f*ck up.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      If I am understanding you correctly…someone got their feelings hurt by your views on Ryan Braun and actually took the time to email your company? Hahaha! That’s some funny shit. LOL!
      It reminds me of middle school. Hahaha!
      For what it’s worth…I once received an email from an HBT writer complaining about my use of a certain (derogatory) word when referencing them. But at least he had the balls to include his name.

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