Possibility Of No Written Decision For Ryan Braun Case

By Michael Terrill

According to an ESPN report, the general public may never see arbitrator Shyam Das’ written decision that explains why he overturned Ryan Braun’s drug suspension.

Das has apparently documented his reasoning for overturning the case but the player’s union and management has asked him to not reveal his writings at this point. The reason for this is because Major League Baseball and the player’s union are negotiating changes on how test samples will be collected in the future in order to avoid this kind of mishap again.

There is a possibility that the written decision by Das will not have to be revealed if the owners and players reach an agreement on how test samples will be exchanged differently than what the current rules state.

“It’s obviously disappointing because people deserve to know what the basis for the case being overturned is, and frankly the athlete should have that right as well,” Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Monday according to The Associated Press. “Certainly an innocent athlete would want that opportunity.”

Braun declined to comment on the story, according to a Brewers spokesman.

It seems neither side, management or players want to show publicly how the collection procedures of test samples were not followed correctly. To show publicly how a multi-billion dollar business that is MLB has basic flaws in their drug testing program is not good for business.

There have already been a few changes made to what Comprehensive Drug Testing employees should do after retrieving a urine sample. Basically, the new protocol is employees are supposed to do exactly what Braun’s collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., did which is take the sample home if there are no Federal Express offices open in the vicinity on the same day the test sample was collected.

The original rules did not allow this but with these changes this type of situation should never happen again, unless the sample was obviously tampered with.

I believe the people have a right to know exactly what happened, even if we were already told through the media. However, like most baseball fans, I just want this to be over with so we can get back to the fun aspect of a game we all love. I am sure Braun wants this to be over as well so he can focus on helping the Milwaukee Brewers defend their NL Central division title.

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