Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Technically Speaking

I've always been of the opinion that  the Spirit should supersede the Letter of the Law as good intentions should take precedent over technicalities. Others strictly obey the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter"),  but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Regardless, justice should prevail.

Unfortunately, the letter defeated the intent of the law this week in an independent arbitrator's decision to overturn NL MVP
Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension.  I'm so sick of talking about Steroids. I am so sick of listening to Steroid talk.  I am just so sick of Steroids and wish I could watch players like Braun, who has one of the best right handed swings I have ever seen, play baseball.

But I can't. This was not justice.

Performance enhancing drug testing was put in place to create a fair playing field, not a legal technicality laced mine field. The drug agreement between management and the Major League Baseball Players Association calls for a tested sample to be sent on the same day taken "absent unusual circumstances." Braun won his appeal when his lawyers proved that there was a 44-hour lag between when his urine was collected and when it was given to Federal Express for transport to a laboratory in Montreal. Thanks to some bullshit rule his clever sleazy lawyer dug up Braun got away with murder. OK murder was more like OJ,
but you get the idea. To make matters worse, Braun then had the audacity to go in front of world and declare his innocence and vindication.

Dude stop it. No need to insult our intelligence, you failed the test.Technically speaking, Braun may have won the right to keeping playing and earning, but at the end of the day he lost so much more – his Name.


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