Does Brewers Ryan Braun Have a Chance?
As the Appeal Process Goes Down
A source in Major League Baseball had told me that Ryan Braun's appeal would likely happen over the MVP weekend. If you don't believe me, check out this blog: http://www.todaystmj4.com/blogs/lanceallan/136789653.html
What I was told, is that the appeal could go down right after Braun accepted the MVP award in New York City. Wisely, MLB moved it up to Thursday, to avoid all the media swarm.
The New York Daily News the first to report that Braun appeared before a 3-person appeals panel, after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
Braun's legal team insists he did not knowingly take a performance enhancing drug. The AP reports that Braun has known about the positive test since late October, and now he won't find out the results of his appeal before Saturday's MVP ceremony, but he and the Brewers should know his status before spring training begins on February 18.
The bigger question...does he stand a chance, of winning his appeal? I think it's highly unlikely, because you can't plead ignorance, or if it is for a medical condition, you have to alert MLB about what you're taking. And keep in mind, no arbitrator has ever ordered a suspension overturned following a grievance hearing.
But Braun does have the fact that he's the first to have info leaked, before the appeal process even begins. Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that "I have a big problem with that. I always take issue with things when they leak out. I don't understand it. I think we should do a better job in finding out how it's leaked."
It doesn't proclaim his innocence, but it could help Braun's cause.
So what do you think? Can Braun, beat the rap? Feel free to answer me on twitter @lanceallan