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“Get rid of Braun?” Yeah, sure, OK

Jul 24, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s editorial about the Ryan Braun stuff is hilarious. And not just for this part, which suggests that Ryan Braun‘s PED use has been so pervasive that it has given him the ability to fly:

Braun is paying a pittance to leave one of the worst teams in the majors for a few months to work out in the comfort of California’s azure skies.

I picture him doing ab crunches on a cloud.

No, the really silly part of it is the editorial’s main argument: Brewers owner Mark Attanasio should simply make Ryan Braun go away:

Ryan Braun has to go.

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has an opportunity to make the most powerful statement any owner has ever made about what the game of baseball should be and what it should not be. Attanasio can make a statement that would reverberate across the many other venues of professional sports infected by the plague of doping … Attanasio has a chance to make the Milwaukee Brewers franchise an example for the rest of professional sports: He can do that by getting rid of Ryan Braun.

Nowhere do the J-S’s editors say how Attanasio should “get rid” of Braun. If they had bothered to consult the many able members of their sports department they would have realized that the only way to do that is to release him. In which case they would still owe him all of the money remaining on his contract and that Braun would be able to sign on as a free agent with any team in baseball for the major league minimum salary.

You don’t think the Cubs or Cardinals or Reds would pay a few hundred grand to Braun next year? Indeed, I can’t think of a single team in the major leagues that wouldn’t at that price, PED taint or no. It would be quite the scene, though, if he joined an NL Central team and hit against a punchless Brewers team for the next five or six years.

But of course this is the logical conclusion of a culture in which treating drug offenders in baseball as something worse than mere drug offenders is the order of the day. Acting as if this is some grand opera instead of a sport with a disciplinary system that is working pretty well, actually, and which takes players from their teams and allows them to return after they’ve paid their price. Major League Baseball is not tough enough to police itself, these people implicitly believe, so the league requires their superior moral insight to tell them what they should really do.

Except most of the people doing this don’t understand the sport at all and have lost all perspective with respect to the issue.

  1. cktai - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    There is another, more permanent way to “get rid” of someone. And truth be told, that would be quite a statement.

    • antifreeze27 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      So you’re saying Aaron Hernandez and his buddies should pay Braun a visit?

      • seandconner - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        I just laughed my butt off at this comment. Wish I could like it more than once.

    • JB (the original) - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Well, he DID say, and I quote, “I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.”

      So, in a way, I guess he’s asking to die/be killed then, right?

  2. Shafer's Dealer - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Cool, another Braun PED post.
    Thanks Obama.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      You know it’s the fault of the House Republicans, not Obama!

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        No, it’s Bush’s fault. Didn’t Bosch spill the beans?

        Oh okay, sorry about that one….

  3. dlf9 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I posted this a minute ago in ATH, but it probably belongs here more …

    Since Craig got disgusted with the Braves, he probably missed the exchange between their TV crew (Joe ‘hit it the other way’ Simpson and Chip ‘Lucky Sperm Club’ Carray). In one half of an inning, they were very complimentary of Marlon Byrd for coming back from a 50 game suspension and working his way back up to where he was now in the top ten (?) in both HR and Ribbies. In the very next half inning, this brilliant crew very strenuously argued that Ryan Braun should be suspended for life. Unless I missed it when getting a beer, they never even notice the dichotomy in those statements.

    • cktai - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      I read this post a minute ago on ATH but decided to read it again here because I just couldn’t believe it the first time

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        You are on top of your game this morning huh cktai? Hahaha!

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      consistency is way over rated as a quality.

      • mattjg - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        *faints* – Joe Morgan

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Well, sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

    • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      That is freaking awesome. I hope someone pulls the transcript.

  4. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Yep, everything every other sports journalist writes is nonsense and you are superior to all of them, right Craig? Even though you’re nothing more than a 2-trick pony, either writing pro-PED garbage or judging other opinion pieces to be not fit for King Craig, the King of Smug Douches

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      So you agree that the Brewers should release Braun? Because that’s what I’m saying is stupid here. If you don’t agree, what’s your point?

      • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Craig: he doesn’t like you. THe “reasons” are hogwash. DOn’t worrry about it (needless advice, I’m sure.)

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        I agree with you 100%. Releasing him or trading him for pennies on the dollar would be the dumbest move of all time. You are using common sense. A lot of people have an aversion to common sense though. They are too busy being “righteous.”

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        You responded to me again. You keep failing The Test. I win again.

      • CyclePower - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Overall, I agree with the description by a previous poster about the author’s nihilism, smugness and – I’ll add – cynicism. I mean, according to Craig, it’s really none of our business and not a big deal. He did what he did, he doesn’t have to apologize for shyte to anybody. I mean, yeah sure, he hurts the fundamental integrity of an entire sports brand, turns a game based on achievement and fair play and turns it into something resembling a World Wresting Federation melodramatic farce. Yeah, his serial cheating and lying in the most public of ways turns erstwhile fans who would otherwise pay money to come to games into apathetic cynics – cynics just like Ryan and Craig. Sure, there are thousands of players who try to work their way up the minor league system and bust their asses while doing it clean, there are other major leaguers who are smeared by association, but, you know, you people are all suckers and chumps for believing in baseball anyway. Ryan Braun doesn’t owe you or anyone an apology. I mean, the anonymous notes to sportswriters insinuating that his sample of deliberately tainted as part of a conspiracy – come on people! Ever heard of spin and public relations. Ryan Braun’s just doing what’s good for Ryan Braun. Isn’t that what the world is about?

        Right Craig?

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        If I had said anything like that, sure. But I didn’t.

        Please find anywhere where I said Braun shouldn’t be punished, that he isn’t a cheater and isn’t a liar. I’ve called him a sociopath whose word should never be believed again and that with a 65 game suspension he got off easy. I’ve also said that he owes apologies to the people he’s lied to and hurt. I merely excluded common fans from that list of people.

        But if you’d like to continue to live in a fantasy world in which I believe the things you just said, by all means, do.

      • Glenn - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Craig – don’t you think that someone named CyclePower should be tested for PEDs before you respond to them?

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        babyfarkmcgeezax’s idea of victory is having his own stupidity pointed out to him. How…adorable.

      • CyclePower - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        My post used a sarcastic first person voice to illustrate the fundamental problem with your argument. It’s based on the cynical point of view that there is and should not be a personal connection between what a player does and the fan – the consumer. I read another comment here somewhere by a guy living in New York who, by his own description, pays big money to go see a game twice a year, and that he no longer plans to give up his hard-earned money to watch frauds. HE was PERSONALLY cheated. And ultimately, he is the one that keeps this game going – the consumer who chooses to pay for the baseball product as oppose to using those limited resources to watch a movie, see a play, go a football game, etc.

        Your argument that players owe essentially nothing to the fan base – not even so much as an apology when they lie, cheat and steal from them – creates a mentality that is ultimately more destructive than PEDs themselves.

        Sports entertainment is not so much a dispassionate choice by a paying consumer to pick Brand X laundry detergent over Brand Y. Paying money to watch a person’s favorite team is based on loyalty and an emotional attachment. Kershaw an other players get involved in their communities and start charitable organizations because, not only is good for them and their self-esteem and their image, but it’s good for the brand. Fans will tune out and do something else when they become cynical.

        Braun shouldn’t be obligated to apologize, and at this point, based on his total lack of credibility, any apology would be a joke and come across as stilted and insincere, it’s in his best interest and the best interest of the game for him to figure out how to rehabilitate his image – if that’s possible.

    • mattjg - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      How dare you disrespect your king like that!

      • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Personally, I enjoy the conversations that can be found here @ NihilistTalk.

  5. inthearex - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Taking steroids is actually illegal and against the law. Unless you are prescribed and monitored by a physician. So yea, they should be treated and looked upon as drug offenders.

    • brohancruyff - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Wait, it’s illegal AND it’s against the law? Is Ryan Braun at the nexus of the universe, then?

      Also the phrase was “something worse than drug offenders,” so…yeah.

  6. rightherenow123 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    It does crack me up, how people want him gone, Arod banned, yet they have so many player sin the league with DUI’s Those that have beat their wives. They have people who went to prison and got second chance in the NFL. Lets ban Braun and Arod though.

    Lemme ask you a question, if a team took on Vick, do you not think a team would sign Braun or Arod if they were released?

    • number42is1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      WOW! THIS.RIGHT.HERE! You sir/madam are a genius.. and no this is not sarcasm. THANK YOU!

      • rightherenow123 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Well, I thank you…but…I am not saying they shouldn’t be punished. I am simply saying, their agreement has rules in place as to what their punishment should be.

        Teams would pick up Braun on his talent. Teams would sign Arod if nothing more than attendance and ratings. Why on earth would either team cut them?

    • daveitsgood - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      you must be new here. That clear line of rational though and perspective will not be tolerated here.

      • rightherenow123 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Let’s say I am an observer. I do enjoy Craig’s articles though. Seems to be level headed, and especially on such things as the legal aspect, he is non-partisan and level headed. Much like in Shakespeare, “Kill all the lawyers” This quote is in defense of lawyers, because those advocating such rule are those of the mob.

        I for one, like to have rules.

    • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      The difference is Braun won’t have a full court press of supporters getting his back, the way Vick did with Tony Dungy and so many others. After a certain point, they were able to make whether or not you supported Vick getting a second chance into a racism litmus test. If the Broncos would have signed that slimy sonofabitch, I would have terminated rooting for the team I supported for 35 years.

      • rightherenow123 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Like Tiger says, Winning cures everything.

        But to your point, Vick has more supporters than Braun, even though Vick went to prison? Your logic doesn’t make sense. So, why wouldn’t Braun have support? He may have cheated baseball, but I mean crimes against humanity? cmon

        Btw, Arod is beloved by his teammates…..

      • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Because you know A-Rod and his teammates well enough to comment on their relationships with one another, right?

        Check a random thread on this blog lately and you might notice a theme that people guilty of worse crimes than PED’s have received proportionally less scorn.

  7. southofheaven81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    If Braun has never failed an uncontested drug test, we should suspend him, and if he dies a good Christian death, he wasn’t a witch.

    If we pressure him into a confession in order to avoid a harsher punishment, he is a WITCH AND HE MUST BE BURNED!!!!

    • ditto65 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      He is Jewish.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      It’s amazing to me how the thumbs up-to-thumbs down ratio is so much higher when I defend Braun than when I defend A-Rod.

      • jwbiii - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        East Coast bias.

  8. chacochicken - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Won’t someone think about the royal baby growing up in a world with Ryan Braun? How could we, meaning all of humanity, let this happen? I’m tearing up a little as I type this. Some of these sports writers should pool their money and put a bounty on Braun’s head. Really the only comparison I think of is Braun is Count Baltar from Battlestar Galactica. He has betrayed the entire human race.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Anyone who sides with Braun will also be BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!!

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Can I roast some potatos and corn on the cob at this burning?

  9. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    “a culture in which treating drug offenders in baseball as something worse than mere drug offenders” – are you kidding? “Mere” drug offenders go to jail, get their freedom taken away, and get a record that follows them throughout their life. Braun got 65 games – much worse!

    I agree with the get caught/do time/go on way of things. That doesn’t mean I have to like what he did or rail against people who don’t see it my way. Perspective depends on your view point.

    • paperlions - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Not by baseball they don’t. “Mere” drug offenders get shorter suspensions (or no suspension, they could only be fined) compared to testing positive for steroids….and steroids are not illegal everywhere or with a prescription, whereas “drugs of abuse” (mostly) have fewer such caveats.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        He wasn’t comparing baseball PED users to baseball drug offenders.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Actually, yes I was.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        It is not what you wrote Craig

    • ditto65 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      “Perspective depends on your view point.”

      From the Redundant Department of Repetitious Redundancy (RDRR)

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      perspective is your point of view unlesss I’m mistaken.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Yes. But my perspective will differ from yours on the same subject because we view it from different places. I probably mangled the sentence.

    • yashraba - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      In society, “mere” drug offenders usually dont get thrown in jail unless they are a repeat offender. Usually the first time or two you pay a fine and get put on probation and are allowed back into society. If you take this editorial’s POV every first time drug offender would get the Thai prison treatment and never see the light of day ever again.

    • dluxxx - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      “Mere drug offenders” may go to jail if they are caught by law enforcement officers, which, I would guess would happen to Braun if he was caught with the drugs (or he’d be fined, do community service, etc at the least depending on how much he was caught with). Instead, he was suspended because he was proven by his employers to have used a substance that was illegal.

      If you get popped by your job on a drug test, you are also a “drug offender” and you aren’t going to go to jail for it. You won’t be tried, convicted, or fined. You may lose your job, but depending on where you live, you may not even have that happen. In Minnesota, if you fail a drug test given by your employer, you may be suspended until you complete a drug rehabilitation class or program. Once you do that, you can come back to work. They can’t fire you until you have another offense (not to say that they can’t look for another reason to fire you).

      So, in a real life situation, he would be suspended for a few weeks, and then come back to work as if nothing happened, and not have his name besmirched, as he would have certain confidentiality rights. Instead, he loses half a season’s pay, becomes a pariah, and will never be trusted again. I mean, seriously, what more do you want here? He most certainly is paying a bigger price that any normal person would be.

      I’m not apologizing for Braun. Just pointing out the hypocrisy and hyperbole that is running rampant right now.

  10. southofheaven81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    “Mere” drug offenders go to jail, get their freedom taken away, and get a record that follows them throughout their life.

    And this is a good thing?

    • jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Read the sentence before that one.

  11. wingslax35 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    quit riding his jock Craig.

  12. chiadam - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I think Calcawhatshisname parks his 1998 Honda in front of Braun’s house, stares at his bedroom window, and types while sobbing.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      I drive a 2004 Honda, thank you.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Hows the handling? We just got a 2013 – not liking the suspension

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      That’s Craig the Calca-terrible to you. And he doesn’t sob while typing – he gently weeps.

      • dluxxx - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Like my guitar!

  13. sfm073 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Not that I disagree with you on this Craig, but what is your obsession with Braun? You defended him every chance you got and after now after he has admitted to it, you still are defending at all cost. You’re making yourself looking real bad.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Please explain what part of this post constitutes defending Braun.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        We try to throw a line, you refuse.

        The guy sold a bill of goods. You bought it. Stop spinning arguments for him. Or keep going – its your blog.

        Yes, I know….you never “bought” his bill of goods

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        That is correct, Craig never bought it. What he defended – as always – was the integrity of due process. Period.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        @old gator – I look at Craigs posts re: Braun at that time, and it’s almost like an twist of a Few Good Men:

        Dawson: Do you think we were right?
        Kafee: It doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what I can prove.

        Where Craig bizarrely blew a gasket was at the large numbers of people who said “This guy used PED’s and got away with one”. It really bothered him that people would not accept a resolution that addressed nothing other then procedure. It’s not an uncommon blind spot for lawyers – they are used to a world where everythign ends once and imovable fact is introduced.

        Craig may have had reverence for due process, but he was wrong on the other point. It matters what people think

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Delaware – it never read that way to me. It was simply a matter of being cleared by the rules under which Braun was employed. People were calling for some kind of retribution despite the arbitrators’ finding and he objected to that attitude, as well anyone who understands that our own assurances of being treated fairly if wrongly accused depends upon respecting the process. I don’t think you’re going to find anyplace where Craig says categorically that Braun wasn’t a user – only that the process cleared him.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        @ old gator – I have drudged up the post up so many times that I shant do it again…..histori would mock me again if I did.

        Craig gave many posts getting very ticked at those who said Braun was in fact dirty and got away with one, including a real hum dinger. And that is where I say there was a lawyerly blind spot – he was effectively saying no one can have such an opinion, the official word must be “We don’t know!”

        It doesn’t matter if you see a blue sky – the arbitrator ruled the JDA said color can not be determined by looking at the sky, so we have no idea what color the sky is. Stop saying you know what color the sky is.

  14. greyhawk9 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    why do people care at this point? every league is packed with peds…can we all relax and assume everyone is on something and just watch them play? enough is enough.. people have been taking substances and or using stickum hair spray or sandpaper or spit or beanies or coke or LSD for as long as pro athletics have existed… stop with the baseball purist crap because no sport has ever been “pure”.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Yes! Some people will cheat. Some of them will get caught, and some of them will get punished.

      And it seems to me that the system in MLB is working: a big star got caught, and he is being punished. I guess some people believe he should be thrown out of baseball forever for it. Me, I think a $3 million fine is a lot of salami.

  15. skeleteeth - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    “…so the league requires their superior moral insight to tell them what they should really do.”

    Sorry, but if you’re a convicted rapist you should be banned from MLB so maybe abject morality is an issue worth addressing.

  16. therealtrenches - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Actually, I do think the Cardinals would avoid Braun. They don’t really appear to need him, do they?

    You know who would pick him up? Ruben Amaro Junior. And a PED-less Braun would hit around .270 while the Phils played sub .500 ball to a chorus of boos. It would be a disaster.

    And so I don’t blame the Sentinel’s columnist for wanting Braun and his bad juju out of town.

    • deepstblu - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Ryan Howard for Ryan Braun, straight up. Who wins the trade?

  17. js20011041 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I agree with Craig’s general sentiment. All of the moral outrage directed toward Braun is misguided. Yes, he’s a liar. Yes, he should have a lengthy suspension. But it’s more than a little hypocritical to make Braun the target of all of this hatred when players receive almost no scorn for offenses that are far worse. I haven’t heard any public figures say that the Rays need to release Lueke. I haven’t seen anyone say that Francisco Rodriguez or Brett Myers should go away. If there is any debate in someone’s mind as to which is worse, rape, battery (including spousal) or PED use, there shouldn’t be. DUIs are fairly rampant among professional athletes. An action that can easily kill people gets glossed over. Miguel Cabrera is universally loved amongst baseball fans and he’s been arrested for multiple DUIs. If you’re going to scorn PED users for being immoral, you’ve got a fairly lengthy list to get through before them.

  18. El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    What does a PED’s taint have to do with this?


    • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Had to scroll surprisingly far for this reference.

  19. MattJanik - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Baseball writers are a funny bunch.

    The ones we have today are so quick to point out that they’re not the dumb sheep who turned a blind eye to steroids in the ’80s/’90s. If they were in the business back then too, they’er quick to point out they’re no longer willing to turn a blind eye to it.

    Except, in (over)reaction, they’ve taken it all the way to the other extreme, willing to turn a blind eye to the witch-hunt going on. Instead of not questioning players, as was the case 20 years ago, now they’ll happily follow MLB down any disciplinary rabbit hole it chooses.

    Do none of them see the damn irony? The majority of baseball writing makes me embarrassed to have a journalism degree.

    • kidpresentable - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I long for a future when sports writing is taken over by kids who grew up reading sites like Deadspin which call out the “what about the children?” sports reporting of the Lupicas, Olneys, Shaughnessys, Costases, etc. for their faux moral outrage over a guy getting caught cheating in a sport full of guys cheating, shown on channels where they show other sports with guys cheating only the other sports leagues don’t feel the need to cater to the Lupicas, Olneys, etc. and only punish guys stupid enough to fail tests.

      During the offseason (or during rain delays) MLB Network or the local Fox Sports Networks, YES Networks, CSNs, etc. like to show the grainy old black and white footage of baseball’s storied history. Perhaps if a ticker ran at the bottom of the screen saying things like, “This game was played without black people,” or “Everyone on the field is on amphetamines,” perhaps we could put an end to the insufferable sanctimony of current baseball writers and their pipe dreams that the game once had a virginal purity worthy enough to carry the baby Jesus in its womb.

      • MattJanik - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        A-freakin-men. Speaking of, Deadspin’s had some great stuff the last couple days pointing out some of the nonsense being written this week.

        Also, I feel the need to point out that while I spent my morning ranting about terrible journalism, I then stumbled across Jeff MacGregor’s piece over at ESPN about the whole situation, and now I have some hope again. Brilliant stuff if you’ve got a few minutes.

  20. modellforprez - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Is Tony “The Gump” Plush still gonna be his attorney?

  21. nananatman - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I would let him hang out with Aaron Hernandez, that should get rid of him.

  22. BigBeachBall - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I take peds every day… I seriously would shrink into a pile of useless crap without them… So, I can’t really join this condemnation fest…

  23. mjbabiak - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Craig Slow down on all of the Braun D**K Sucking!! its getting way too out of hand

  24. relggigeht - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Who cares about the frickin’ Brewers?
    Go Pirates!!

  25. florida727 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Serious question…

    Why can’t the Brewers void his contract?

    Every professional athlete’s contract has a morality clause or “good of the game” clause in it that’s a condition covering instances exactly like this one. So why don’t the Brewers void his contract and offer him a new one that is heavily weighted toward incentives for performance?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Because the JDA specifically outlines that it is the sole instrument for punishing PED usage, and the JDA has nothing in it allowing teams to void contracts for positive tests.

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