Though the drug testing process is supposed to be confidential, because of leaks of the positive test and hearing, the Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement that Braun won his appeal. The union confirmed it was a 2-1 vote.
That statement read: “Under the Joint Drug Agreement, a player’s successful challenge to a suspension normally would not have been made public. The parties have agreed, given the particulars of this case, that an announcement is appropriate.”
There was a bit of confusion due to the AP reporting due to a typo that Braun lost his appeal but it was soon rectified.
Braun later released a statement saying, “it is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. we were able to get through this bec i an innocent …”
“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our Clubs and all of the players who take the field. It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.
“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute. While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”
The NY Daily News has a nice article that explains what Braun’s defense was centered on. It’s a good read that I recommend reading. Here is an excerpt.
Braun’s defense centered around his claim that the test administered to him in the Brewers’ clubhouse was compromised during the chain of custody, including the claim that after the urine sample was collected by representatives of Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc. (CDT), it sat in the home of one of the collectors for two days before being shipped by FedEx to the World Anti-Doping Laboratory in Montreal for analysis.