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08:12 AM ET 02.25 | Deep skepticism about Ryan Braun's claims that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs pervaded the Mets clubhouse on Friday. "Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent," one Met said. "Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?" Although disagreement between their union and league about Braun left players feeling awkward discussing the issue publicly, many in the Mets' clubhouse were uncomfortable with the N.L. MVP's successful appeal of a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

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February 25, 2012  08:40 AM ET

If it doesn't fit, you must acquit?
I'm not so sure the story we've read "fits." Sorry.
I'd like to see more details beyond, "The Fedex guy did it!"

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February 25, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Hah. Yeah, That's Braun alright. The Hebrew Bro J. Just love how they made that vague connection. A big Kudos to Braun for fighting the system & winning. Was he really supposed to take it all lying down? Sure, It was a technicality and a loophole. Moreover, it was brilliant laywering by Braun's attorneys. Hundreds of tests were handled in exactly the same way in baseball and never before had the player's union protested their accuracy. Until now. This makes MLB look like complete ****. They cannot even apply charges and make them stick without dropping the ball in the process.

February 25, 2012  09:28 AM ET

And 99% of anybody who follows MLB are "skeptical " too. And always will be. Braun can never change that.
There will always be an * for his season in all but his staunchest supporters mind.
Nobody questioned the 20/1 level reading, just the way it was handled.
And you can leave something in your fridge for days and will not all of a sudden show high levels of testosterone has magically grown in your orange juice.

February 25, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Look! Braun NEVER questioned the test readings in the hearing. NEVER.
He only questioned the handling of it.
Is he the only guy out there using synthetic HGH and stuff? No. He just did not have it masked when they tested him that time.

February 25, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Its a technicality. Braun got lucky. He should enjoy it. If he wasn't MVP, Golden Boy, he would not have gotten this special treatment.

February 25, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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And 99% of anybody who follows MLB are "skeptical " too. And always will be. Braun can never change that. There will always be an * for his season in all but his staunchest supporters mind. Nobody questioned the 20/1 level reading, just the way it was handled. And you can leave something in your fridge for days and will not all of a sudden show high levels of testosterone has magically grown in your orange juice.

Exactly, IF Braun is correct, then that means someone tainted it. So someone needs to be fired, right?

February 25, 2012  09:40 AM ET

If baseball players are skeptical and clean themselves, they need to fire all their union officials for making sure the cheaters take the lions share of salary available. The truth is most of them don't care that the cheaters are rewarded because they are dirty themselves.

February 25, 2012  09:41 AM ET

I've stopped caring one way or the other, but all the hypocritical false concern begins to wear on me.

February 25, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Love that Braun says the truth won out. He's a victim? Never heard so much BS. He cheated, got off on a technicality and now is playing the spin game. Just shut up, count your blessings and go play ball man. You're still a cheat to me.

February 25, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Chain of custody is important. "The idea behind recording the chain of custody is to establish that the alleged evidence is in fact related to the alleged crime, rather than having, for example, been planted fraudulently to make someone appear guilty." MLB is operating a business and must follow due process. They screwed up.

Whether or not Braun is guilty of having violated at least the spirit of the drug policy is a separate matter.

February 25, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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If baseball players are skeptical and clean themselves, they need to fire all their union officials for making sure the cheaters take the lions share of salary available. The truth is most of them don't care that the cheaters are rewarded because they are dirty themselves.

It makes me wonder whether these decisions are always 2-1. Do Mgmt and the Union always reflexively oppose each other in these things? While I can understand that the Union must concern themselves with the integrity of the process, as a fan, I'd like to see a little more concern for the integrity of the game.

February 25, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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It makes me wonder whether these decisions are always 2-1. Do Mgmt and the Union always reflexively oppose each other in these things? While I can understand that the Union must concern themselves with the integrity of the process, as a fan, I'd like to see a little more concern for the integrity of the game.

My thoughts as well.

February 25, 2012  10:59 AM ET

There is this great American tradition that an accused person in criminal matters is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Except once found not guilty beyond a reasonable morphs people tend to forget the innocent part and focus on the not guilty. In effect, once proven not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is not proof of innocence. Braun is innocent. Let's move on.

February 25, 2012  11:07 AM ET

This whole incident will cast a shadow over Braun's future in MLB. Congrats to the guy for appealing and subsequently winning and rejoining his team.

February 25, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Who cares what the Mets say?

MLB botched the test and sent a snitch to ESPN to publicize it. They tried to make an example of Braun but it blew up it their face.

February 25, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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Love that Braun says the truth won out. He's a victim? Never heard so much BS. He cheated, got off on a technicality and now is playing the spin game. Just shut up, count your blessings and go play ball man. You're still a cheat to me.

Who cares what you think? MLB failed in its attempt to discredit a great athlete.

February 25, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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Exactly, IF Braun is correct, then that means someone tainted it. So someone needs to be fired, right?

How about the guy that snitched to ESPN?

 
February 25, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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It makes me wonder whether these decisions are always 2-1. Do Mgmt and the Union always reflexively oppose each other in these things? While I can understand that the Union must concern themselves with the integrity of the process, as a fan, I'd like to see a little more concern for the integrity of the game.

This is why it always comes down to the decision of an independent arbitrator.

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