Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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July 31, 2013

Running the Point: America’s pastime tainted?

July 31, 2013 — Last Monday, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended the rest of the season in connection with taking performance-enhancing drugs.

While this is a big story for baseball fans across the country, it would not be as big of a deal if he publicly, vigorously, whole-heartedly lied to you, me and the national media about taking any type of drug that would improve his play on the field.

Back in 2012, the reigning National League MVP tested positive for taking a substance that showed he had elevated levels of testosterone that was banned by Major League Baseball. After the sample was mishandled by a collector, Braun won his appeal of the original 50 game suspension a first-time offender receives for testing positive for a PED.

“I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point,” said Braun in a press conference after winning his appeal. “The truth is always relevant and at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.”

Yes it did, Mr. Braun. It just took a little longer for the truth to be revealed.

Not only did you lie to the media on that day, you lied to the fans, which is the livelihood of Major League Baseball. The clinic that Braun allegedly received the PEDs, BioGenesis in South Florida, had been under investigation for handing out these substances that give players extra power for a long time. It was not until Monday before Major League Baseball figured out which domino was the first to fall.

Braun becomes the poster child of the “You got caught” club. Not because of the admission but the lies surrounding it.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by MLB. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

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