Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to crucify Braun for his alleged use of PED's. I was in shock just like anyone else when my friend texted me the news. After the initial shock and before reading anything about the story I immediately had doubts to its validity. I understand that test results are rarely if ever proven false, but let's keep in mind a few things before we go off the deep end like a bunch of ESPN line towing lemming morons.
A. This story should never have seen the light of day until the arbitration hearing was complete and a suspension was upheld. Braun deserves his day in court like anyone else accused of wrong doing.
B. There has been so much conflicting information released that it's impossible to know what the truth really is.
C. Sources have stated the test results were higher than any other since testing began in 2005. If that is true, do you honestly think that Braun is stupid enough to juice that much during the playoffs? There are clearly extenuating circumstances in this case.
D. Braun is way too confident a person to ever knowingly take PED's. IF the ruling is upheld I can say without a doubt that it was not a roid, but a supplement. Seriously, if Braun was juiced and hit a ball it would instantly burst into flames and fly into fucking lake Michigan.
E. Braun has always been a model citizen, player and a generally great guy for the city. I understand that many people feel duped now as if it was all fake. I truly believe in his character. He may be cocky (obviously), but I absolutely do not believe he's a cheat.
And now what? He's already been thrown under the bus without due process. His reputation is undoubtedly tarnished forever regardless of the outcome. Even if he's proven innocent there will always be detractors. Whatever dickhole douche released this info and ESPN as a whole should have their journalistic credentials to any MLB function revoked.
Am I biased? Yep. However, I'm the type of person that if it came out Pujols was in this situation I would honestly feel the same way. If it comes out that Braun was in fact juiced... then I will understand fans being upset, but not nailing him to the wheel. How quickly we forget what Braun has done for our beloved Brew Crew.
I was one of about 5 people standing and clapping when Braun was first brought up. I hope to not be one of 5 people applauding him PLAYING OPENING DAY!
Until then, the next person that comes up to me and says "Braun's a juicer" is getting punched in their fucking brain.