The decision was announced yesterday by the Association of Major League Baseball players, one day after the start of the Brewers’ camp. This is the first time a baseball player wins an appeal in a case of doping.
The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder failed a doping test last October. His samples showed high levels of testosterone. The results of this test were revealed by ESPN in December.
“I am very happy and relieved by today’s decision, Braun said in a statement. This is the first step in my quest to restore my name and reputation. We were able to get through this ordeal because I am innocent and that truth was on our side.
“We have worked throughout this process, despite the very unusual circumstances. I was like an open book, ready to share every detail of every aspect of my life during this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I suffered more than 25 drug tests in my life, including at least three during the past year. ”
No explanation was given for the decision.
“[Yesterday], the arbitration panel announced its decision, obtained by a vote of 2-1, to support the call of Ryan Braun about his 50 games suspension imposed by the Office of the Commissioner” may says the statement from the players association.
The executive vice president of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, and the union president, Michael Weiner, are part of the panel of arbitrators for cases appealed. Their vote is almost always the opposite. Das, one independent member of this panel, has the duty to decide.
Manfred said that baseball is in disagreement with the decision of Das.