Ryan Braun’s 50-Game Suspension Overturned
National League MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension has been overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.
The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
An outfielder for Milwaukee, Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December. Braun maintained all along that he was innocent.
No reasoning was given for Thursday’s decision.
“Today the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun’s grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the commissioner’s office,” a statement from the players’ association said.
Braun’s appeal was heard by an arbitrator in mid-January, where Braun argued against the protocol used in the testing. He is the first Major League Baseball player to win such an appeal.
Braun issued a statement in response to the decision.
“I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision,” Braun said in the statement. “It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side. I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.”
Braun said he looks forward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Friday and then returning the focus to baseball and working with his Brewers teammates on defending their National League Central title.
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin also responded to the decision Thursday.
“We’ve always supported Ryan. We support the drug program, too. We’re supportive of both. I don’t have details. I can’t get into any of the other issues. I don’t know anything about it other than my job and responsibility as a general manager is to put the best team on the field and the decision of today allows me to do that a little bit better,” Melvin said.