Braun statement

Statement from Ryan Braun in response to arbitration decision:

“I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision.

“It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.

“We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances.

“I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.

“I would like to thank my family and friends, my teammates, the Brewers organization led by Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash and Ron Roenicke, and other players around the league who have expressed their support and our great fans in Milwaukee and around the country who stuck by me and did not rush to judgment.

“I’d also like to offer special thanks to Michael Weiner and the Players Association for believing in me since day one and to my attorneys.

“I’d like to thank my agent Nez Balelo and Terry Prince of CAA Sports and Matthew Hiltzik of Hiltzik Strategies for all of their help and counsel through the process.

“This is not just about one person, but about all current and future players, and thankfully, today the process worked.

“Despite the challenges of this adversarial process, I do appreciate the professionalism demonstrated by the Panel Chair and the Office of the Commissioner.

“As I said before, I’ve always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball.

“Everything I’ve done in my career has been with that respect and appreciation in mind.

“I look forward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Friday and then returning the focus to baseball and working with my Brewers teammates on defending our National League Central title.”

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I love you Braun!! Your my favorite player and will always be my favorite player!! You winning the appeal made my day!! Excited now for the brewer season to start, especially with you being in the line up!! *HUGS* Congratulations on your Appeal!

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ESPN reported that the sample was mishandled and left refrigerated at someone’s home overnight. This is suspiciously closer to the news that I broke on my blog last week. Evidence, here: http://plushdamentals.mlblogs.com/2012/02/14/source-braun-test-sample-mishandled-says-college-teammate/
-Curt

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I am not a Brewers fan, not specifically a fan of Ryan Braun. I respect Braun as an excellent player and am a fan of the game of baseball. But I completely believe Ryan Braun. I believe that he said as much as he could possibly say with regards to the incident, without compromising possible further legal actions that may be taken. Unfortunately, there will always be reasons/prejudices that motivate people to do ugly things, and people will always be vulnerable to some form of sabotage. I think that is what has happened here, and that Ryan Braun was a victim here.

In an unprecedented move, Ryan Braun’s appeal was upheld and his suspension cancelled. Now we have to take him at his word and move on. To paraphrase an old baseball line, Ryan said it ain’t so.

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Your article certainly illustrates some very important issues. This kind of depth will definitely educate your other readers here as well.

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