Ryan Braun appeal is a victory, which means he will avoid a long suspension for violating the MLB banned substance policy.
The Ryan Braun appeal is a turn of events after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger and 2011 National League MVP avoided a 50 game suspension for violating the MLB banned substance policy after winning his appeal.
This marks the first time a MLB player has been able to successfully win an appeal over a drug violation.
Ever since his October drug test, which came to light in December, that showed a positive result for the banned substance of testosterone, he has denied any guilt.
After the announcement that arbitrator Shyam Das reversed the suspension, the MLB player said in a statement, ”I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision. It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent, and the truth is on our side.”
However, Major League Baseball executives are not happy with the decision by Das’ and are now considering filing a Federal lawsuit in the case.
MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said, “management ‘vehemently disagrees’ with Das’ decision.”
Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the US Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision ”a real gut-kick to clean athletes.”
According to ESPN insiders, the suspension was over turned due to a chain of custody and collection procedure failure in handling Braun’s urine test that showed that the elevated testosterone levels had come from an outside source.
According to reports, the collector of the sample did not believe he could make it to a Fed Ex location before they closed on a Saturday, so he kept the sample in his basement over the weekend and shipped it on the following Monday. According to MLB policy all samples are to be shipped via Fed Ex as soon as possible.