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Ryan Braun is under a gag-order

Jul 25, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Everyone wants Ryan Braun to come clean. But he says he can’t. At least not yet:

Pouliot makes a great point on Twitter: it may very well be the case that Braun is quite happy to be gagged over all of this as it keeps him from having to either face the media or be seen as actively avoiding it.

That said: I hope this gag order doesn’t speak to an overall policy by MLB that no one will be talking about the specifics of these cases at some point in the future. Because as I’ve mentioned a number of times in the past few days, the process which led to Braun getting a 65-game suspension is less-than-clear and not explicitly laid out in the CBA or the JDA. I think the league should let us know how and why they diverted from the standard 50-game suspension for first-time discipline and whether that’s something that will continue to happen with drug cases, be they Biogenesis or non-Biogenesis cases.

  1. tigersfandan - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Good. What he said last time didn’t do much good.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      What he said did make many fans and baseball players gag.

  2. banpeds - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Who said it was a MLB Gag order? Even if it is part of an agreement with MLB – He’s also protecting himself from anything that could be used in future crimminal or civil proceedings.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      What future criminal or civil proceedings?

      This whole thing is going by MLB rules, not US law.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        Hello. War criminal.

  3. flamethrower101 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I’d like to believe that MLB fully acknowledges that the circumstances surrounding this case are unique and therefore a full explanation would be warranted, just like in the case of Braun’s test last year where they announced his successful appeal after the test had already been leaked whereas in normal circumstances all of it would’ve been kept under wraps

  4. eightyraw - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Oooo “under a gag order”? Sexy

  5. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Wallace Matthews wants Jeter under a flogging order

  6. lanflfan - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    This suspension feels like a plea deal to me. MLB probably had a small planet’s worth of evidence against Lyin Fraud. I don’t recall him admitting his guilt, nor professing his innocence like 2011. The Brewers are not going to make the playoffs this year, so taking a 65 game non-paid sabbatical this year is better than than possibly ruining next year for himself and his team. Therefore, the logical thing was to accept this lighter punishment instead of appealing and/or waiting until next season and watch this drag out (i.e. a plea deal).

    MLB probably wanted longer, given his 2011 escape on a technicality, but I agree with Craig that I would like to see the process for determining this, and the forthcoming, suspensions. I have no problem with MLB deviating from the too-light 50 games for a 1st offense, but I hope there is some sort of plan in place for determining that increase in punishment.

    Depending on the evidence, I think this suspension will prove too light. However, factoring in the PR hit Lyin Fraud has taken, and likely will face in the future, combined with the 65 games, will most likely be sufficient punishment. Have a nice winter Mr. Fraud, hope it was worth it.

  7. missingdiz - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Has MLB confirmed this? Braun has given us good reason not to believe anything he says.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Because, as described in the article, MLB is so transparent.

  8. ezthinking - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Braun probably was asked and gave info ratting on others and the process for getting/using drugs. MLB won’t want this info out until they close the loop on whomever else they want to nail.

    So, MLB told Braun STFU.

  9. countduku - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Thats funny, so was was wife last night……

    • countduku - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM


  10. mlblogsbig3bosox - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I am sure when George Washington crossed the Delaware he was thinking, One day in the not too distant future, real free Americans will insist certain truths about other people while only wearing undergarments.

  11. bosoxfan15 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Where is Aaron Rodgers through all this? Did he pony up the money he wagered with a twitter follower while defending this cheat?

    • anthonyverna - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      I see someone else was listening to Mike & Mike this morning.

  12. granted42 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Either a) Braun is lying about a gag order to avoid having to talk about it.

    • granted42 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Or b) MLB is trying to keep it’s method out of the public eye in order to be vague in the future without the press and bloggers holding them accountable for this precedent.

    • jwbiii - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Or c) MLB doesn’t want Braun to show how much and what evidence they had against him. Other players could say, “Well, they he that much against Braun, and this much against me, so no way 65 games for me, much less the 100 they were threatening.”

  13. jrbdmb - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Just as likely the gag order is from his lawyers and agent, who have explained to him that anything that he says at this point will only make this mess crappier than it already is.

    • fm31970 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Maybe he learned his lesson after touting his “innocence” so publicly in 2011?

      He has nothing to gain by speaking out now, but potentially more to lose, and so might many others. Pipe down, go on holiday, get married (I think he’s getting married soon?), and come back when spring training starts.

  14. jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I don’t see why MLB should have to explain the details to the public. MLB, MLBPA, and Braun all agreed to it. Works for me.

  15. rcali - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    About 2 years too late.

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