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Ryan Braun Proven Innocent, Suspension Lifted

Braun cleared his name as his 50-game suspension was lifted. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Ryan Braun can sleep much easier these days. The Brewers outfielder successfully won his appeal of the 50-game suspension he received for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

In December it was initially reported that the National League MVP had failed an October test due to high levels of testosterone. Immediately a negative outburst of reaction followed, as fans across the country were largely disappointed to learn that another one of the greats allegedly cheated the game.

While the news of his victory in court against the accusations came as a shock to many, the news was hardly surprising to those removed from bias against accused players, as the story seemed off from the beginning.

Braun’s Case

In December, the original story about Braun’s failed test cited his initial reaction: “B.S.” He didn’t use a generic cop-out response – he knew deep within himself that there was no way the allegations could be true. His strong first statement that he would defend himself throughout the allegations set the mood for the events leading to his trial.

Also in the story was details that following the revelation, Braun immediately requested a second test, which he did not fail. His representatives believed that there were “anomalies” in the first test evident in the second, which aligns with the defense’s case that the first test broke the chain of custody, making it invalid for incriminating him.

Braun even has history with the steroids scandal in Major League Baseball. When it was discovered that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroid use in the early 2000s, Braun spoke out, saying that the entire controversy would “die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth.” It appears Braun followed his own words of wisdom regarding this situation, and he’s victorious in clearing his name.

The Truth Prevails

Believe what you want to believe regarding this story, but for today I look at all of the facts and can see the truth. Braun will play baseball in 2012, starting in left field for Milwaukee and likely following up his MVP season with another crack at that title. His presence as a part of their lineup is important too, as the he and new third baseman Aramis Ramirez will try and make up for the loss of Prince Fielder. No matter the fate of the team this season though, it’s clear that Braun is a free man and will return to being considered one of the best players in the game.

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