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The Truth Will Out?

By on February 25, 2012

In our heart of hearts, we want to believe that an innocent man has no need of savvy legal counsel. A guilty man needs to learn the law and his case forwards and backwards in order to find every loophole and technicality he needs to prevail, whereas an innocent man needs merely to know, “the truth will set you free.” As appealing as this sounds, it doesn’t represent the world we live in. Often times the truth is undocumented and unprovable, and hence ultimately unknowable. Because of this, as a society, we construct things like hearings and trials, so that we have a process in place to try to get us as close as we can to finding the unfindable and ascertaining the uncertain. By its very nature, this process is often messy and unsatisfying, because it reflects the limitations of what we’re able to learn. As such, there is still a vast amount we don’t know about the events that led to Ryan Braun’s positive test, but there are a few things we do know:

Number one, we know that the only person in the world who knows if he’s innocent is Ryan Braun himself. To make a very subjective statement, there is nothing in how he has conducted himself that, to my eyes, contradicts how an innocent man would act. No matter whether or not you believe him, suppose for a second that he has been completely honest, and this positive test has occurred for reasons he cannot fathom. Even if it’s the truth, it is literally impossible for him to prove that he has never taken a banned substance. All he can do is point to an irregularity with the testing procedure, and maintain his innocence and ignorance of how this could have happened, as he has done. Unfortunately, this is also how a guilty man who’s a good actor would act, as well, so there is not much we can learn from Braun’s actions.

Number two, either something happened to Braun’s sample between when it was collected and when it was tested that tainted it and falsely caused it to come up positive, or Ryan Braun is a remarkably brazen con man, who first managed to convince the entire Brewers organization of his impeccable character then convincingly and passionately plead his innocence on national television. Both of these things seem implausible to me, yet one of them must be true.

Finally, no matter how much I or anyone reading this have read about the testing procedure, the jointly agreed upon rules, and the chain of custody of Braun’s sample in the past day and a half, we don’t know as much about those things as Shyam Das does, and he believes Braun’s guilt cannot be established.

It is something of a cliché to note that a court cannot declare someone innocent, merely not guilty, but it’s a cliché for a reason. Our knowledge of the truth is always frustratingly, disappointingly limited, and this case is no exception. After months of waiting, there is still so much we don’t know about what happened last October in Milwaukee and Montreal. We do know, however, that the people with the access to the most information do not believe the evidence upholds Ryan Braun’s guilt. However, as of right now, it does not appear they believe the evidence suggests much of anything else, either.

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  1. SecondHandStore says: February 25, 2012

    “We do know, however, that the people with the access to the most information do not believe the evidence upholds Ryan Braun’s guilt. However, as of right now, it does not appear they believe the evidence suggests much of anything else, either.”

    I’m not so sure that is the case. Jim Carroll as you may now be aware is saying there is evidence to support Braun’s claim that there was something wrong with the test results. I won’t link it here, but he’s got an article on Amazon (99cents, it goes to a charity) that explains his view, and there was an article by Chad Moriyama that did a follow-up and includes audio of Carroll taking about the matter. It’s all over twitter so once again I won’t post the link. At the very least check it out. I think it changes the discussion.

    • Alex Poterack says: February 25, 2012

      I have read Carroll’s article, and I do think it’s very interesting and relevant and wish I knew more details. I decided not to mention it in this post, because as near as I can tell, Will Carroll is the only person reporting this. To be clear, I am not at all trying to impugn Carroll’s reporting; he says he has sources telling him this was part of Braun’s defense, and I believe that he does. However, with no one else reporting it, and Braun not even mentioning it in his press conference yesterday, I feel like it still falls into the murky category of things we’ve heard but don’t know with much certainty, and/or things that we only have partial information about, and I was trying to shy away from discussing that sort of stuff. I really hope Shyam Das’s written opinion gets released and shines more light on this.

      Like I said, I do still think the article is worth checking out, so for anyone willing to drop the 99 cents on a Kindle copy, here’s the link:

      • SecondHandStore says: February 25, 2012

        I don’t blame you for being cautious. It’s the correct approach to take. It is frustrating being a fan on the outside not having the information in front of your own eyes to judge for yourself. I’ll be glad when this is all over.

    • Rob says: February 25, 2012

      That is a huge question I have, and probably a main reason that many people still refuse to believe Braun’s “innocence”. For some reason that I can’t figure out, the mainstream media has chosen to report mostly from one side of the fence. I find it a bit interesting that Fox and ESPN have lucrative deals in place with MLB and have pretty much taken their side of the story as gospel and all but ignored any dissenting views.

      • SecondHandStore says: February 25, 2012

        I for one am going to reserve my judgment of the big networks, well I already think poorly of ESPN always have, but I’ll wait until Monday to see if they report on this, since most of the programs on weekends are reruns.

  2. travis says: February 26, 2012

    BRING BACK STEROIDS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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