Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun’s name was reportedly seen on a list that included Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera among others that links several players to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami that is involved in selling performance-enhancing drugs. However, do not be quick to judge Braun just because his past is stained.
Braun successfully appealed a positive test for synthetic testosterone this time last year shortly after he was named the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player. Major League Baseball made it very clear they were not happy with the decision of arbitrator Shyam Das, which is why the league will explore all possibilities for Braun’s name being mentioned on the current list.
The 29-year-old All-Star has already come forward about the allegations and released a statement:
“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant,” said Braun. “More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
“There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list. I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Anthony Bosch is one of the main people under investigation by MLB for allegedly supplying human growth hormones and steroids to some of the game’s top players.
Why should anyone believe what Braun says to be true? The fact is Braun’s name does appear on a list but there is no specific illegal or legal substance next to his name. Every other single player mentioned has some PED listed next to theirs but not Braun. This coincides with his statement in which Bosch, the operator of the Biogenesis clinic, felt Braun’s legal team still owed him money.
On one of the documents, “RB 20-30K” is listed next to Braun’s name. This is to infer that Braun owed Bosch $20,000-30,000 for what is assumed to be consulting services. Braun’s attorney on his appeal case, Chris Lyons, is also mentioned throughout the document. This also proves that Braun’s statement could be conceivably accurate. It is true that other players had money listed next to their names as well but they were all for much smaller amounts.
Obviously, many fans of baseball will be quick to point out that Braun is a cheater and they could very well be right until we find out more details on the story. Not to mention, his past with the University of Miami certainly does not help his cause. However, if Braun’s story was never leaked last year (something that was supposed to remain private) no one would jump the gun and claim he uses PEDs. As painful as it may be for many people, fans must give Braun the benefit out the doubt before getting all over his case.