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National League MVP Ryan Braun Wins His Appeal of the Suspension for Performance Enhancing Drugs

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun became the first player to win an appeal of a suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

The report of Braun’s positive test first appeared on Outside the Lines in early December. He vigorously denied the test results, and a spokesperson had this to say:

“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program… We are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”

If the reports of today are correct, he has been exonerated, and will now be suiting up for the Brewers this week, and available on Opening Day. As the report by the Journal-Sentinel notes, MLB has a strict liability policy so that ignorance is not a defense, so the test, which was reported as having twice the levels of testosterone “of the highest test ever taken,” had to be challenged on the basis of its reliability or chain of custody.

[photo via Getty]

 

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