Braun may not be guilty, but he's not innocent
That was the Twitter hashtag representing Ryan Braun last week, after third-party arbitrators overturned the Brewer's slugger and reigning National League MVP's suspension for using a performance-enhancing drug.
Even Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, 'discount double-check' innovator, and another of Milwaukee's favorite athletes, got involved:"MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated".
Maybe Rodgers needs a reality check. Braun never appealed the science of the test, but rather the chain of custody/collection procedure. It was determined that the person who handled the urine sample didn't believe that FedEx offices, where he was supposed to ship the sample from, weren't open late-night on the early-October Saturday in question. After a bit of investigating by Hardballtalk.com, it was determined that, indeed, the five closest FedEx locations to Miller Park, the Brewer's home field, were not open past 9 p.m. on Saturdays, so the doping control officer secured it in his personal refrigerator until Monday, when FedEx could ship the sample.
Because the officer did not