I Once Had a Positive Drug Test
And It's Why I'll Wait On Braun's Case
May 1995. I'm up for a job at WFRV in Green Bay, and asked to take a drug test.
I have a nasty case of bronchitis, and even on codeine and promethizine, I think nothing of it.
Imagine my horror when the News Director says I tested positive!
I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. And I fail a test. My friends had a field day with it, and I've only told those close to me about it.
Luckily, I was able to say what I was on, and I thank News Director Lee Hitter and GM Perry Kidder for believing me to this day.
But my life, and to a degree my career, could have been derailed by that one situation.
Now before I get people piling on, I freely admit I was not on a "performance enhancing drug," if there is such a thing in TV. I admit the drug testing policy that Commissioner Bud Selig has in place is one of the best if not the best in the world. And I also admit this looks terrible and to a degree, doesn't smell right when Braun's agency says there was no "intent" to take anything illegal, admitting a positive test.
And I'm very skeptical. I've seen others shake their fingers, stomp their feet, plead their innocence...and then be as guilty as sin.
But I've been in those shoes. I've been horrified. And thank goodness, somehow it worked out in the end.
The odds are stacked against Braun. And if guilt is proven, shame on him for fooling himself and us all.
But because of a second negative test, and the fact that MLB hasn't ruled on the situation...I'm willing to wait a bit.
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