Ryan Braun Says Test Results are “BS” and Appeals Suspension
Ryan Braun had the best year of his young career in 2011, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a playoff appearance and a getting within an eyelash of a World Series appearance and earning the 2011 NL MVP award.
Shortly after being named the NL MVP, Braun was accused of having used performance enhancing drugs after being caught during a random test during the season, and he was promptly slapped with a suspension. The test indicated that Braun had elevated levels of testosterone in his system.
Braun claims that the results of this test are, in his words, “BS” and he is actively appealing the suspension. If he loses the appeal, he faces a 50-game suspension at the start of the 2012 MLB Season. The positive test results were released to the public on December 10th and Braun has not been seen or heard from since, after having been named MVP on November 22nd.
Braun, who finished the voting ahead of Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, batted .332, had 33 Home Runs, 111 Runs Batted in, 109 Runs Scored, 33 Stolen Bases and a Slugging Percentage of .597 for 2011 after signing a five-year extension with Milwaukee worth $ 105 Million.
Braun now has the uncomfortable task of appearing and speaking at the annual awards dinner for the Baseball Writers Association of America in New York where he will formally accept his award as the 2011 NL MVP.
A statement released from the Baseball Writers Association of America said that they have no intention of revoking the award from Braun in order to present it to another player.
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