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    MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    NEW YORK -- National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.

    The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, one day before the 28-year-old outfielder was due to report to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December.

    No reasoning was given for Thursday's decision.

    "Today the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun's grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the commissioner's office," a statement from the players' association said.

    MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred and union head Michael Weiner are part of the arbitration panel, and management and the union almost always split their votes, leaving Das, the independent panel member, to make the decision.

    Manfred said management disagreed with the decision by Das. It is the first time a drug suspension has been overturned in a grievance, baseball officials said.
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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    I'm very surprised and really curious what lead them to this decision. Didn't seem very likely at all.


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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    Very Interesting...I winder if the reason why will ever be revealed..

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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    That's good for Braun for winning the appeal.

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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    Rumor has it that he won his appeal on a technicality, based on the improper storage of the urine sample. Not sure how true that is but seems like a crazy outcome. Even MLB has condemned the results, weird.
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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    What I've heard so far doesn't really sound good for Braun. I mean, he isn't suspended but its hardly an exonneration and vindication that he's innocent. Curious to hear his side, because right now, he's coming out this looking really bad.


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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    Yeah there are still a lot of questions about this, mainly what was the reason he tested positive?
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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    He may have won his appeal (which is crazy), but he's not going to win back his reputation either way. Like Papa said, there's no vindication that he's innocen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guardian Devil View Post
    Rumor has it that he won his appeal on a technicality, based on the improper storage of the urine sample. Not sure how true that is but seems like a crazy outcome. Even MLB has condemned the results, weird.
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    It was believed to be a false positive either way. I highly doubt storing a sample incorrectly would cause that much of a difference. He tested negative almost directly after the results came back as well. But his reputation is ruined, which is why we should wait to announce these things after an appeal. He lost some local sponsors here because of it.


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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    This is ****ing ridiculous. There was evidence of elevated levels of SYNTHETIC testosterone. Then it all of a sudden gets overturned and Braun just states that the system was proven wrong and he was right, but doesn't even mention how or why he thought the synthetic levels got into his system. The one thing I don't understand about all of this is how MLB is upset about this decision, yet his 50 game suspension is gone. MLB is his employer and the main boss. How can they not just give him a 50 game suspension anyways? This whole thing is just stupid.


    Oh, and it wasn't just one failed test. There was actually two completely different tests that were both failed. His ratio of synthetic to regular levels was 20 to 1. Normal humans are 1 to 1. TWENTY TO ****ING ONE. What a joke. Basically just got out of it with the later shipping date and his pretty little good good image. Might as well just get rid of this testing policy. It's probably the biggest joke in this whole scenario.
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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    Dude its called union rights. There is a reason for the MLBPA


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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    The league doesn't have the right to do whatever they want to a player in regard to suspensions, fines, etc. Nor does the team. Those relations are defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which dicates with exatcing detail the requirements when it comes to drug testing. If Major League Baseball still tried to slap a suspension on Braun over this, they would get sued. By the player and the union. And the league would lose. j

    I still don't know what to think. Too much is just rumor at this point. I don't think anyone is looking good in this situation right now. Having the reigning NL MVP get popped for steroids was not what the league needed when its still trying to move out of the shadow of the Steroid Era. Having Braun escape punishment on a technicality doesn't make the situation look much better. Based on what I've read so far, the entire argument made in the proceeding was regarding the protocol, with nothing to do with the test itself or the positive reading. I just find it odd that he really has yet to say "I did not use steroids." A statement like "I would bet my life this substance never entered my body" really feels like dancing around.


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    Re: MVP Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

    Ok, regardless of the MLBPA, how this got overturned is asinine and everyone involved should lose their jobs.


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    It got overturned BECAUSE of the MLBPA. They are the ones who negotiated the rights. Regardless, if it got overturned because of storage, then that is totally on the MLB. Its not Braun's fault the guy didn't do his job right, nor is it the mlbpa's. The system is working as intended


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