End of Innocence

Yes, Ryan Braun had his PED suspension overturned. But in the hazy world of drug testing, going unpunished is not necessarily proof of innocence.

  1. In the late afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, shortly after the cheering stopped at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where the Brewers had beaten the Diamondbacks in the opening game of the NLDS, a specimen collector from a drug-testing agency asked Ryan Braun to produce a urine sample. Braun, the Milwaukee leftfielder who had three hits that day and would be named National League MVP the next month, complied. Then, as Major League Baseball testing guidelines require, Braun watched the agent split the specimen into two samples, cap the two bottles, seal them with tamper-resistant tape marked with an individual I.D. number, place the samples in a plastic bag, seal the bag, place it in a plastic box and seal the box. Finally Braun printed and signed his name as the "donor" on the standard Drug Testing Custody and Control Form.

    Two days later, the specimens were shipped to a World Anti-Doping Agency--certified testing lab in Montreal. The lab chief, according to MLB sources, confirmed that t...

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