When you leave a cola sitting out for too long, it loses its fizz, when milk sits out too long, it sours, but when Ryan Braun's urine sits an extra day or two in someone's refrigerator, the testosterone level in it triples in strength.
Today, an aribitrator ruled that Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL mvp, will not have to serve a 50 game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Braun didn't get off because it was proven that his urine was tainted, or that he was on some kind of medication as had been rumored . No, instead, the original ruling was overturned because the person who was supposed to deliver the sample to FedEx, instead held onto it for 44 hours because it was the weekend and everything was closed. I guess MLB and the players union have an agreement that a sample must be shipped off to get tested as soon as it's collected. That is one strong union.
This seems pretty outrageous to me. For all of the up-roar over the years about baseball players ruining the integrity of the game by using steroids and HGH, you would think even an independent arbitrator wouldn't let such a high profile player get off because of a technicality.
I guess the arbitrator is implying that Braun's sample could have theoretically been tampered with. Well, if that's true, then who had the motive to put synthetic testosterone in Braun's urine while it sat around for a weekend? Was it the person who was keeping it in their fridge?
Was it me? I'd be a good enough suspect since I hate Braun's guts. Maybe Jeff Karstens did it.
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