Some people out there would call a lifetime ban for Milwaukee Brewers‘ Ryan Braun too harsh of a punishment, but it’s a fair deal as he cried foul in 2011 after he failed a drug test in December right after he won the NL MVP award, and was ultimately overturned.
The reason why a lifetime ban is so fitting for this case is he was so persistent that he’s always been clean, similarly to how disgraced bicyclist Lance Armstrong was and they both had the court of public opinion on their sides.
Then news broke that they found new evidence that they both had used PEDs and that more than soured the milk on them. Armstrong practically can’t be seen in public, as for Braun it is unlikely that he will be welcomed in any stadium he plays in for the foreseeable future, including his own home team in Miller Park.
If anything, professional sports should be tougher on people who actually use performance enhancing drugs, such as any form of banned steroids, and not drugs like marijuana and Adderall, to name a few drugs that are banned in sports. Those aren’t true performance enhancing drugs like human growth hormones, to name one, and they are impossible to detect in the system over a given time frame.
In Track and Field, if a person tests positive they are banned from the sport for two years, which likely kills or at best heavily shrinks their career span, so 50 or even 65 games in this case for Braun in MLB is just like an injury. Now if that same player had to miss two years or longer of their career, especially in their prime, it would be difficult to come back from, if not impossible.
All and all, it should be interesting to see what happens with Ryan Braun in the 2014 season and to see how he is welcomed across the league.