Season-Long Suspension Was Too Harsh For Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun

By Brian Skinnell
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What, exactly, has Milwaukee BrewersRyan Braun been suspended for? Was he found guilty of using PEDs? No. He has, in a sense, been suspended for his connection to the Biogenesis Lab. All reports that I have read have said nothing about Braun being found guilty of using PEDs.

If he was suspended for his simple connection with Biogenesis, why hasn’t Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Johnny Peralta and a whole host of others, 20 in total, already received the same punishment?

I’ll tell you why. They didn’t challenge or speak out against MLB. Ever since Braun failed the test that was eventually thrown out because it was mishandled, he has maintained his innocence and has treated the situation as though baseball disrespected him and insulted him.

MLB hasn’t suspended Braun for taking steroids. They suspended him for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” That could mean anything. What it doesn’t mean is that Braun outright took PEDs. The possibility is there, but as far as we know, he’s clean.

In response to his aggression about being wrongfully accused of using PEDs, MLB lashed out and simply eliminated him. The only sort of evidence we currently know about him taking steroids is a tainted test from 2012. While a season-long suspension is warranted for a player that has been found of using PEDs, it doesn’t fit for the accused. What happened to “innocent until proven guilty?”

I understand that Braun issued a statement apologizing and saying that he realizes he made some mistakes, but how do we know that he just wasn’t trying to make this all go away by admitting to doing it, even though he may not have done it? If Braun had returned MLB’s ruling by saying he was clean, he would have been met with criticism and would have been chastised from all corners of baseball.

It’s easier to accept the suspension and start all over again with a clean slate.

Before you’re quick to judge or call to remove him from the record books or take away his 2011 National League MVP award, remember that Braun has never been found guilty of using PEDs. The one time they came close, the sample was tainted with.

As far as I’m concerned, with the facts I have before me, he’s clean until someone can prove to me otherwise beyond any doubt.

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