I'm not going to go line by line over all of this skin blues. You believe random sources supplied by ESPN, I believe random sources supplied by people I trust a lot more than the mainstream media. We aren't going to find a common ground because your mind is already made up. I don't know whether he is guilty or not because there is a real shadow of doubt placed over everything by what I have heard and the fact that ALL of this info is anonymous because nobody close to the case is allowed to actually talk about it. So for every he got off on a technicality thing you can throw at me I can throw back the exact opposite and neither of us are ever going to be able to prove it until the gag order is lifted.
What we do know is he didn't get off because the sample was delivered late because that isn't really against the rules of testing. We know the sample was not stored as well as it could have been because the guy delivering it admitted as much. Yet both of these things get thrown around like they are truth even though they are the only two things we actually know are facts. I mean some of them go so far as to say he tested positive for synthetic testosterone which can't even be tested for.http://www.baseballnation.com/2012/2/28 ... o-laurenzihttp://www.tomsarazac.com/tom/opinions/ ... _d13C.html
You know who does know the full story. Shyam Das. He felt he had enough evidence that something was not right that he ruled not guilty and then MLB were idiots about it and fired the guy yet somehow people are still on Braun's case instead of attacking MLB for their procedures.
I mean you can read this excellent thread from the hardballtimes that covers what we do know, what we have heard and what is rubbish if you really want but I'm not going to rehash it all again.http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_ ... hnicality/
But again I don't know that he is innocent or guilty. Even if they can reproduce the tests causing false positives doesn't mean the original wasn't a real positive, there just is no way for us to know it. I would add that taking steroids during the only time window(playoffs) that the players KNOW they are going to be tested would be really foolish and adds even more doubt to my mind on the subject. As does the rumors that the other 2 Brewers tested that day had elevated but still legal levels.
Also if you do a search on Braun and Passan you'll find it is a personal thing with him. He has some sort of real grudge against Braun.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Modahl
The woman's name is Diane Modahl btw. Her steroid suspension was overturned because it was left on a table in 35 degree heat and she was able to prove that storing it at that temp could taint the sample. I live in Wisconsin and it isn't 35 degrees in my basement at any time which is where the sample taker says he left his.