Earlier tonight we learned that NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. It was a shocking story since Braun doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would take steroids or the fact that he doesn’t physically look much bigger than he did before. While he can complain and argue his case to his grave, these kinds of tests do not lie. When interviewed, Braun called the tests results “B.S.” obviously stating that he “never knowingly took any performance enhancing drugs”. Of course any athlete is not going to admit they used a substance they weren’t supposed to and its even possible, though highly unlikely, that he did not know he was using any sort of performance enhancing drug.
Regardless of whether he knew he was using a performance enhancing drug or not, it does not excuse Braun of anything and his suspension should be carried out no matter what. It is 100% his responsibility to know what he is putting in his body and even if something seems sketchy, but there doesn’t appear to be any issues with it, then you shouldn’t use it. The loss of Braun is going to severely hurt the Brewers chance of repeating the success they had this past season, especially after most likely losing Prince Fielder. The other issue is that Braun’s name will be forever tarnished and its even possible that he might lose the MVP award that he just won for this past season. Lastly, for those of you who believe Braun and think that he will be able to successfully appeal a suspension, I would like to inform you that there has never been an appeal against the use of performance enhancing drugs that has been successfully overturned.