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article imageBrewer Ryan Braun innocent? 'Give me a f---ing break,' Pound says

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 24, 2012 in Sports
The ruling allowing Milwaukee Brewer slugger Ryan Braun to escape a 50-game ban is based on a technicality and Braun is guilty, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told a Canadian newspaper.
Dick Pound, who completed a term as head of the WADA in 2007 but continues as an outspoken critic of athletes using performance enhancing drugs, was derisive of the verdict. He told the Toronto Star the ruling allowed a cheater to go unpunished.
Ryan Braun claimed breach of protocol
In his appeal, Braun claimed the tester breached protocol because he did not immediately send the sample, obtained on Oct. 1, 2011 before a playoff game, to the lab in Montreal. Instead he took it home and stored it in his fridge for two days and then sent it. This was done because the sample was taken on a Saturday and the tester was unable to find shipping until the Monday.
As Pound points out, storing the sample in a fridge would have no effect on the content but Braun argued the sample could have been tampered with. Major League Baseball argued there was no evidence the sealed sample was tampered with but the three-member arbitration board voted 2-1 for Braun ; MLB was in particular critical of panel member Shyam Das, whose vote decided the outcome; the other two panel members consisted of one from MLB and one from the players union. Dick Pound was also critical of Das and said he should have known better.
“This is a 20:1 ratio (of testosterone to epitestosterone) (so) give me a f---ing break,” Pound told the Star. “There was no sign of any tampering, so I don’t understand how a properly formed independent panel could come to the conclusion that that invalidated the test. It’s not sitting there in the fridge generating false testosterone.”
Ryan Braun: a 2 million dollar decision
Meanwhile Braun lauded the ruling, given Thursday, and in a written statement he it was the “first step in restoring my good name and reputation" and that he was "innocent and the truth is on our side." Braun, a 4-time all-star and the reigning NL MVP, stood to lose some $2 million in salary had he been suspended for those 50 games.
Pound was having none of Braun's ascertain that the ruling was a ruling on guilt or innocence and said that it was simply a technicality that got Braun off. "He dodged a bullet," he said.
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