The winner of the National League MVP Ryan Braun, in his first public appearance since testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, told a packed Manhattan ballroom crowd Saturday night that “all things I have done in my job has been done with appreciation and respect of the game of baseball.”
Even though he in no case directly referred the claims against him – that his MVP season was completed with assistance from an illegal substance – it was clear Braun’s assertion were pointing at the official battle he is currently involved in. Basketball scores
“You know, frequently in life, everybody deal with problems we didn’t expect to encounter,” Braun said, while accepting his award at the annual dinner of the N.Y. chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. “We have a chance to appear at those challenges and see them either as obstructions or as opportunities, and I’ve selected to view every problem I’ve ever faced as an opportunity and this can not be different. I have constantly believed that somebody’s personality is revealed thru the way in which they cope with those times of grief.”
Braun, the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2007 and an All-Star in each of his first 4 major league seasons, won the National League MVP in his 5th season, batting .332 with 32 home runs and 111 RBIs, 109 runs scored and 33 robbed bases. He also led the league in slugging percentage (.597). NFL scores
But his achievements have been below a cloud since December, when word leaked out that the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder had failed a drug test and likely faced a compulsory adjournment at the start of next season.
Braun tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone in a urine test taken in October. There are contrary statements about what caused the positive outcome, and a newspaper quoted a resource as exclaiming a later test showed Braun to have usual testosterone levels.
Before Sat. night, Braun had not spoken publicly regarding the failed test, but a spokesman for Braun affirmed the end result and issued this statement: “There are highly surprising circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and show there had been no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has clean personality and no prior record, unfortunately, because of the process we’ve got to keep confidentiality and are not able to debate it any farther, but we’ve got confidence he’ll at last be free.”
Braun is appealing the outcome but faces a 50-game cessation at the beginning of the 2012 season under Major League Baseball’s drug policy if the test is upheld. Braun’s appeal began on Thursday before MLB adjudicator Shyam Das. If it is defeated, Braun wouldn’t be eligible to play again until May 31 and would miss the 1st 57 days of the regular season, leading to a loss of approximately $1.87 million of his $6 million income.
Ironically, MLB commissioner Bud Selig has, on more than one event, mentioned Braun as a clean player and an illustration of the effectiveness of baseball’s drug-testing policy.
And in the spring of 2009, after it was disclosed that the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez had used steroids, Braun said he had never induced to try them.
“I will never do it” he revealed in an interview, because if I took steroids, I’d hit 60 or 70 home runs.”