Ryan Braun’s suspension has been overturned, but the trial has just begun

While Ryan Braun’s suspension over a positive drug test has ended with it being overturned, I think everybody recognizes that his trial has only just begun.

While the suspension being lifted was a boost to the Milwaukee Brewers, it probably would have actually been better for Braun’s reputation had he gotten suspended but for reasons that were shown to clearly be a mistake or unintentional, much like J.C. Romero.

Sad? Maybe, but utterly true.

As it stands, the debate in the court of public opinion over his guilt or innocence is just getting started.

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The fact of the matter is that nothing is clear as of yet.

Yesterday I wrote an article in response to the mainstream media not covering what I believed to be pertinent and relevant information acquired from anonymous sources, same as anybody else reporting on the story.

The point of writing it was to attempt to provide a moment of clarity in what I felt was quickly becoming nothing more than a witch hunt, even though the reality of the situation was that there is still so much that we don’t actually know.

Anybody who has followed me for any amount of time knows that I don’t believe anybody 100% when it comes to athletics and drugs, and I’m a skeptic by nature, but as of this moment I can’t see any reason to go around destroying Braun and pretending the “I know he’s guilty!” version of the story is the absolute truth.

The actual fact of the matter is that we don’t know for sure what has transpired in the Braun saga, despite people acting like they do.

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With that established, isn’t it a bit soon for a bunch of people who were all wrong on a judgment about a suspension to regroup and instantly rush to judgment on the same individual yet again? I just found it … sad, really. It was as if nobody had learned the lesson that was just proven to them.

I know some apparently feel comfortable with ruining a guy’s reputation over information that still has questions about it, but I don’t.

The sad fact of the matter is that — while it would be wrong — what could provide clarity and closure to this debate is a leak of the ruling from Shyam Das. If that were to happen, then we wouldn’t have to speculate on what he did and did not know any longer.

At that point I think we could probably make an accurate judgment on exactly what transpired and why Das ruled the way he did. Until then though, everybody’s just guessing as far as I’m concerned.

Doing it over trade rumors and potential performance is one thing, but I’m not okay with dragging anybody’s life through the mud based on assumptions.

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Before I found the information I used in my previous post on Braun, I had actually intended to make a light post about the controversy, simply stating something I had observed on the day the suspension was overturned.

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I’m not accusing anybody of anything, perhaps ESPN just happened to be the outlet that acquired the Braun leak and also ran the only headline questioning Braun and also all their writers legitimately believe that Braun appears more guilty than innocent, but it just looked funny to see all the headlines from other outlets and then ESPN’s.

The contrast was amusing.

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