02-06-2013, 10:43 PM #81
Wake up. Experts in medical testing and attorneys have come forward and spoken out on this whole fiasco, and have said point blank that Braun is proceeding in a manner that has been prescribed by his legal council. Sorry you don't like it. I don't either. I'd love for transparency in his appeal and suspension overturn. But what you fail to glean, what many of the people speaking out in this thread also fail to glean is that just because the failed test result was leaked, it does not mean that confidentiality is still not attached to the process.
The second his failed test was leaked, Ryan Braun was put in an untenable position. He could either keep silent for the most part, stating his innocence without being able to go into the details we all want, and play the entire season. Or, he can violate binding arbitration, speak out in detail, and have the appeal overturned by MLB, thereby facing possible suspension. Losing Ryan Braun for 50 games (or more) would completely screw the Milwaukee Brewers' 2013 season.
I want the answers, believe me. Yes, Braun is my favorite baseball player, but my defense of him does not make me an apologist, or a homer. I'm speaking out because we don't have anywhere near the full picture, and making a definitive judgement about Braun without the facts is foolish.
He may turn out to be guilty. He may turn out to be innocent. The explanation he gave today in his statement is completely plausible. But none of you want to hear it. You've already made up your minds absent of anything substantive. And if it comes out that Braun is speaking the truth, that his only association with Bosch was as a consultant, you'll still continue your attacks on your character. And that's just sad.
02-06-2013, 10:45 PM #82
From attorney Wendy Thurm's article on Fangraphs:
Braun’s appeal focused on the validity of the urine test that allegedly showed a high level of testosterone. His attorneys reportedly attacked the test in two ways. First, by showing that MLB’s drug testing protocol was not followed; and second, by showing that an improperly-handled urine sample could lead to a much higher-than-normal testosterone reading. Braun’s statement says that his attorneys used Tony Bosch “as a consultant” and that he answered questions “about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.” Sounds to me like Bosch worked as a behind-the-scenes expert and advised Braun’s attorneys as they prepared to challenge the positive test.
Why Bosch? Why use someone who’d already been linked to banned substances? I don’t know for sure, but it makes sense to me to his lawyers would consult with someone who had experience with a player (Manny Ramirez) who had tested positive and had been given a 50-game suspension. If you’re a lawyer defending a client accused of participating in a drug cartel conspiracy, you want to consult with people who knows how drug cartels work. Sure, there are law enforcement experts that you’ll want to testify for the client, but you also would like to consult with former drug cartel members. It’s entirely possible that Bosch had information from Ramirez’s situation that was useful to Braun’s lawyers in preparing their appeal.
02-06-2013, 10:49 PM #83
02-06-2013, 10:50 PM #84
Trust me, if it is proven that Braun cheated, I will be more pissed than anybody. But I am keeping an open mind, knowing full well that we have barely seen the tip of the iceberg as far as information goes. All we have to go on is what the media has told us, and the story has changed several times. The media wants ratings, and if the veracity of the information is questionable, eh, who cares, we want to break the story, and get more hits on our website.
In the mean time, a man that could be guilty, or could be innocent, is having his character assassinated. And the people coming out saying "Braun has never provided the detailed explanation he alluded to, therefore he is guilty as sin" are just plain ignorant. They don't understand anything about the law, how binding arbitration works, what a confidentiality clause is, etc. But they all think they're little experts.
02-06-2013, 10:57 PM #85
As far as why nothing has been released publicly to support his claim, remember that Braun's attorneys cannot release anything without his written approval. They would have to submit something to him in writing to partially waive confidentiality, and the attorneys would have to determine that what was released wouldn't violate the confidentiality clause of his case.
I don't have a law degree, but I was pre law for three years in college before changing majors (I'm a stock broker now). I spent those three years learning about the appeals process, researching precedent cases in Westlaw and Lexis, and I worked for a criminal trial lawyer.
Too many people here are little experts, and their expectations are unrealistic. And in their minds, when information is not provided to satiate their curiosity, it's by extension an admission of guilt. It is not, and if they understood how the whole process worked, they wouldn't think that at all.
02-06-2013, 11:07 PM #86
Ok found it.
"Why Bosch? Why use someone who’d already been linked to banned substances? I don’t know for sure, but it makes sense to me to his lawyers would consult with someone who had experience with a player (Manny Ramirez) who had tested positive and had been given a 50-game suspension. If you’re a lawyer defending a client accused of participating in a drug cartel conspiracy, you want to consult with people who knows how drug cartels work. Sure, there are law enforcement experts that you’ll want to testify for the client, but you also would like to consult with former drug cartel members. It’s entirely possible that Bosch had information from Ramirez’s situation that was useful to Braun’s lawyers in preparing their appeal".
Personally, I would have still went else where to find help. This is hurting him more then having to appeal last years test, IMO.
02-06-2013, 11:10 PM #87
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02-06-2013, 11:23 PM #88
Bosch was involved in Ramirez's arbitration hearing, one he lost. Braun's defense team, knowing this, listened to what he had to say when he was introduced to them. Remember, first of all, this was a year ago, and at the time, based on what I have read, Bosch himself had not been accused of any wrongdoing. It was his father that had been implicated.
Braun's defense team (or at least one of his attorneys) has admitted that he met with Bosch (and the attorney is listed on that piece of paper with Braun's name). He's not a medical doctor, and might not meet the level of what would be called an expert witness, but he has practical experience in the kind of appeal process that Braun was about to go through. So as Wendy Thurm stated, it's not out of the ordinary for a legal team to still hire this person as a consultant. They did, and after speaking with him, determined that his information/knowledge wouldn't be useful in Braun's defense. One of his attorneys said Bosch's contributions were "negligible".
But they couldn't have known just how much (or how little) he could help them unless they talked to him. And that involves paying a retainer up front.
I don't like Ryan Braun's name being linked to the guy any more than Ryan Braun himself does. But again, sometimes if you're about to be dragged through the mud, you have to talk to a few people with dirt on their shoes. It's just a reality of how the whole system works. Braun's defense team vetted a possible asset, and determined he wouldn't be able to provide any assistance. And based on what's been released to the public in that Yahoo article, it appears that Bosch's only connection to Braun was as a possible consultant.
Lastly, referring back to the paper linking Braun. The amount listed as "owed" by Ryan Braun is ten times more than any other name. The other names have specific drugs listed next to them. No drug name next to Braun. If he owed for some type of illegal substance, and owed substantially more money than anybody else, why wouldn't he specify what was bought next to his name, too? Is it not possible that Braun's explanation is at least plausible?
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02-06-2013, 11:41 PM #89
I understand every thing being said: Amount next to his name is more then any bodys and it has Brauns attorney's name also. Why would Braun not pay him off to remove his name from any possible list. I'm sure Braun has 20-30k in his sock.
Just trying to piece things together as are you, looking at it from a different side then many others are not.
02-07-2013, 12:36 AM #90
If you did not honestly laugh out loud at Braun's excuse, you will believe anything, and are probably one of the jurors that got Casey Anthony off. Real talk. Please do not try to rebuttle my statement with a longwinded explanation. These players have much more to gain from juicing than not; it is the world we live in. Melky Cabrera was rewarded with a 2 yr/$16mil deal the year after getting caught. He would not have sniffed that kind of a contract had he not juiced and he still got paid, albeit far less than if he had not tested dirty, BUT still way more than anything his body of work has earned. And this is straight from someone who would cheer Barry Bonds from the bleachers in San Francisco; you have to admit it to yourself.