Nearly a century ago a little boy looked at Shoeless Joe Jackson, who had been accused of being part of a conspiracy to fix the World Series, and said in a forlorn little voice, "Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so."
This summer, 94 years after Shoeless Joe, some young boy might look up and see his favorite player walk by and say, "Say it ain’t so, Ryan. Say it ain’t so."
For the second time in a year Ryan Braun’s name has been linked to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Braun, as special as he is, joins a long line of baseball players who have been involved in the use of illegal substances.
With each of them the story has been very similar. They deny. The hold news conferences and deny some more. They claim they are being persecuted. The get outraged at the persecution. They act like the world is out to get them. They create a house of cards to hide behind.
And for most of them, their house of cards eventually begins to fall apart. Ace by Jack by nine of clubs they are soon left with a truth that is uncomfortable and problematic for everyone.
Braun and his lawyers are out in front on this one. They claim they lawyers consulted with a sleazy operator of a pill factory during Braun’s battle against his 50-game suspension last year. The fact that an explanation like that strains credibility falls in line with the denials from the previous violators.
Braun has high powered, well financed lawyers and they don’t need to consult someone like this guy.
I’ve got kind of a sick feeling in my stomach about all this.
Say it ain’t so, Ryan. Prove it ain’t so.
One thing that not many people seem to be discussing... MLB isn't the only one investigating, so is the FBI. They are involved for different reasons, but you can be damn skippy they'll turn this lab inside out and issue a report several inches thick with all the juice-y details. So eventually we'll find out exactly what Braun was doing with this place.
Lance Armstrong never tested positive either. The major league test only gives a positive result if the ratio is 4 to 1, which allows people to micro dose fairly easily.
I guess the point is people will defend cheaters, so long as it's their cheater. Although at some point I'd like to see the media turn their attention to the NFL where you can bet the vast majority of the league is on some sort of PED.
Didn't he already test positive? Oh, wait, nevermind. It was dismissed due to "chain of custody" issue. Sound excuse. Now this. Sorrry, don't buy it.
Ryan Braun has yet to be proven to use PEDs. If MLBs system had worked correctly, no one would even know about his positive /false positive test. There is no "house of cards". Ryan Braun's career numbers speak to a player that has never used PEDs (consistent). 2012 is the best example, everyone knows Braun was tested nearly daily last season as MLB wanted to bury him. Yet, no positives. It's time for everyone (especially the media) to move on.
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