Ryan Braun: The most obvious name on the list. Braun failed a drug test once before and got off on a technicality. If Braun is found to have failed again nobody would even bat an eyelash
While I wouldn't bat an eyelash it is silly that people still call this a technicality. It just shows how much influence ESPN has on people.
I think they are using it in this sense:
Defeating a drug grievance on the merits means showing that the sample didn't demonstrate PED use or that the PED use was allowable under the MLB drug policy.
Defeating a grievance on a technicality means you don't win on the merits but challenge the results on procedural grounds.
His approach to his defense was the equivalent of a case where the police find drugs in your home and you don't try to deny the drugs or claim they weren't yours, you simply argue that the police didn't have legal cause to enter your premises and therefore the evidence they gathered can't be used. If he wins on that ground, the case is dismissed. If he loses, he hasn't raised other arguments and he will be nailed on the possession charge.
Braun didn't contest the accuracy of the sample or offer an explanation for why the results would be permissible under MLB policy as part of the arbitration (what he said to the press about the sample being inaccurate or tampered with was a very different spin than his position in the arbitration where these were not disputed issues). So if Braun had lost on procedural grounds he would have had no defense and would have been suspended. In that sense, it was a technicality or procedural issue that won the day for him.
Procedural due process is a very important right that shouldn't be minimized but it is different from substantive defenses.
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Two more points: (1) That explanation on the previous page for this report doesn't fill me with confidence about its accuracy. (2) If there are actual charges, it may not be a quick resolution if the players dispute the tests but I do expect it would be faster than the Braun case because the Braun case was an offseason matter where time was less of the essence than it would be during the middle of the season.