Steroids: Thoughts on Ryan Braun’s Suspension Being Overturned

As I read through the multitude of reports on Ryan Braun’s positive test for PED’s, and the recent overturning of his suspension, I seem to come away with more questions than answers, the most important being:

What is the truth?

With all the talk of due process in this case, of the technicality that led to the overturning of Braun’s suspension, the “testosterone level,” which was three times higher than any previous player’s, the rumors circulating that the positive test was due to some prescribed medication he is taking for a personal issue, and who knows what else, it is hard to wrap one’s brain around all that this case encompasses.

Even looking at Braun himself adds another dimension. Braun does seem credible (but so did some others who were, eventually, found guilty); his whole persona centers on character and integrity. It is how he portrays who he is. Take a look:

Video: Ryan Braun talks

I have to admit, after watching the statement Braun made above, he does seem sincere. At least he represents himself that way. I suppose I would represent myself that way too if I were wrongly accused.

But that is the question isn’t it? Is he really wrongly accused or is he off suspension merely because of an improper procedure―a technicality that makes no difference at all.

To me, there is a huge difference between a false positive test or a sample that was tampered with, and whether or not a sample goes out immediately and in a specific manner―unless, of course, the lag time could cause a problem with the sample. Something that does not seem to be the case in this situation, at least not from what I have read.

The bottom line for athletes and illegal PED’s is really whether they used any type of illegal performance-enhancement or not, not whether some silly technicality got them off the hook. The athlete needs to be held 100% responsible and accountable for what it is they put into their bodies in order for any testing program to act as a deterrent. Anything less, simply will not work.

And for those who say due process is essential to one’s rights, I would say I agree, but add that some measure of logic and common sense must also be applied throughout this due process.

As far as my perspective on Braun, well…I think I will wait to see what else comes of this case before I fall completely on one side of the fence or the other. Hopefully, time will give us better clues as to what the truth really is.

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