I realized last night that being in the profession that I am robs me of the joy that I should have felt yesterday when the news came out that Ryan Braun had won his appeal. While friends of mine were texting and calling me at the NFL Combine to celebrate the news, I could only respond with expletive filled tirades. I was enraged upon hearing the news and poor Gery Woelfel, who is with me at the NFL Combine, had to deal with me the rest of the night.
I have stated for a while that I thought Bud Selig would be the person who would eventually get Braun off the hook, I was wrong. However, does anybody remember the supposed medical issue that was being floated about as the reason why he failed? Guess that was never the issue as people were speculating through this entire process. How about the legitimacy of the test? Yep, that didn’t come into play at the end of the day either apparently. Then there were those people that claimed maybe he took something that he wasn’t aware would make him test positive. Yep, that ended up not being the issue either.
Instead, some person whose job it was to deliver the urine sample to Fed Ex simply didn’t make it in time on that Friday night and took it home with him. I really am amazed that in the history of the league that this has NEVER happened before by any other team or any other person. Did that person not call a member of the Brewers or MLB to see what they should do with the sample? If that person did make contact with somebody at either place, what were they told? I find it amazing that a failed drug test that apparently is still a failed drug test doesn’t count because some guy didn’t make it to Fed Ex in time. I also love the fact that some fans are accusing this guy of tampering with the sample. Are you kidding me? If you were going to try and set somebody up, wouldn’t it be essential to make sure everything is followed perfectly? Why would the person take it home for the weekend? It simply makes no sense to me.
At the end of the day, Ryan Braun will play on Opening Day at Miller Park against the St. Louis Cardinals and everybody at the stadium will welcome him with a standing ovation. I however won’t be one of them, because I’m simply not just a fan anymore.