You’ve probably heard by now that the reigning 2011 National League MVP may have had some help this year. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had an outstanding year, but it would seem that he cheated. It came out a couple days ago that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and is facing a 50-game suspension.
And, according to the New York Daily News, it wasn’t just some slight bump in his testosterone levels that triggered a positive test. A source tells the paper that Braun’s testerone levels were “insanely high.”
The source added that it was “the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken.”
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But, wait! Braun’s camp says that he didn’t do it. Phew! Now that that’s out of the way!
“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program,” Braun’s spokesman Matthew Hiltsick said. “We are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”
David Cornwell, Braun’s attorney, also told the Daily News that his client’s positive result had nothing to do with taking anything illegal.
“He did not take performance-enhancing drugs,” Cornwell said, apparently with a straight face. “And anyone who writes that is wrong.”
Braun plans to appeal the failed test, but it won’t be easy. MLB is 13-0 in its appeals with this kind of thing. Of course Braun continues to say that this is total nonsense and that he didn’t do anything wrong, but he has to understand that no one is going to give baseball players the benefit of the doubt at this point.