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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Biogenesis Scandal Claims First Victim

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By Wild on Sports Analyst Anthony Cortese Jr.

The MLB released an official statement Monday that stated, former National League MVP and rookie of the year, Ryan Braun, a five-time all-star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers’ will be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season (65 games), in connection with the Biogenesis scandal. The organization claims that Braun has violated the collective bargaining and joint drug agreement, which ever player signs before entering the league.

This may or may not come to a surprise as Braun tested positive on a drug test last year. Fortunately for Braun, he was able to avoid the standard 50- game suspension. Although the results came back positive for elevated testosterone levels, an arbitrator overturned the ruling when Braun’s legal team was able to prove his urine sample was handled improperly. It was safe to say Braun could mark one in the win column, for now at least.

The outfielder went through substantial efforts to clear his name over the past year. In the quest to clear his name, lies were told to almost everyone, including teammates, fans, and longtime friends, most notably Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was a strong supporter in Braun’s innocence, at the time when it seemed the league was out to spoil his reputation.

The league did not take being humiliated in a public case lightly. Extensive research went into information kept by Biogenesis owner, Anthony Bosch, which was comprised of Microsoft Excel files, including the names of athlete treated at the lab. The process was a tedious one, leaving only the words of a person the MLB called “a shady drug dealer,” as their backbone to the investigation. The truth is, there were deals to be made. In hopes someone would choose to come forward to avoid any long-term disciplinary action. The league decided to release information to the players, based on their extensive evidence they gathered from Bosch’s documents.

It was the Brewers’ left fielder, Braun, also known around the league as “The Hebrew Hammer, who was confronted with overwhelming evidence that he, in fact, could not resist accepting a deal with the MLB. This time Braun would not be so lucky as to avoid a hammering of his own. He received an unsettling 65-game suspension on a violation where no “prior” convictions were recorded. So, technically Braun was a first time offender. But Braun’s suspension falls under the commissioner’s rule of discretion to discipline players for “just cause,” if they are found to be in violation of the Joint Drug Program, without a positive test.

What Braun’s coming forward has created for the MLB is the first credible figure to help support Bosch’s previous statements, involving dozens of players including New York Yankees’, Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals’, Gio Gonazalez, San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera, and Texas Rangers’, Nelson Cruz.

Without Braun’s agreement, the league would have had a difficult time proving any allegations placed against the players. Now, in light of the recent turn of events, among the many players mentioned in Bosch’s documentations, some will have a difficult decision to make.

The question has been brought up on whether Braun deserves any respect for coming forward. The short answer you will receive is, no. Ryan Braun stretched out a 19 month investigation, attacked the integrity of others, and insisted he’s been wrongfully accused. It would be difficult to sympathize toward any individual willing to go to these extremes, when seemingly guilty in the end. Braun will lose $3.5 million dollars this season. However, he is still under contract with the Brewers’, for $117 million through 2020, after they signed a $105 million extension back in April 2011.

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