Major League Baseball may never explain why it let Ryan Braun get away with cheating, according to a story from the Associated Press.
The arbitrator who overturned the Milwaukee outfielder was supposed to submit a written explanation of his decision within 30 days of rendering it. But that time has come and gone and neither MLB nor the players association appear to have any interest in attempting to get that rule enforced.
Why would they? Baseball stands to get egg all over its face by outlining how its performance enhancing drug prevention program got games. And the players association has no interest in committing the fact that one of the game's biggest stars cheated but got away with it on a technicality to paper.
"It's obviously disappointing because people deserve to know what the basis for the case being overturned is, and frankly the athlete should have that right as well," Travis Tygart , chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told the AP Monday. "Certainly an innocent athlete would want that opportunity."
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Braun tested positive for banned substances on the eve of the National League Playoffs and appealed his suspension in January. The collective bargaining agreement between teams and their players should be shipped the same day they are taken via Fed Ex -- unless their are unusual circumstances that prevent them from doing so.
Braun's people argued that his sample wasn't taken to Fed Ex the same day while MLB argued that there was no open Fed Ex office in the area on the day the samples were taken so the courier took them home overnight and shipped them when the office re-opened.
Ironically, the sides have agreed on language that specifies couriers should take the samples home with them overnight if the samples can't be shipped the same day as opposed to putting them in a drop box overnight.
I wonder what would have happened if Braun didn't play for the team MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didn't formerly own...