Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will accept his National League MVP award at the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America banquet in New York this upcoming Saturday.

Braun of course tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance back in early December, and now faces a 50-game suspension if the test is upheld.

A representative for Braun said, “there are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation”.

The issue here is, it has been more than a month since the news broke in regards to the positive test, and we have not heard of what those “highly unusual circumstances” could be. Ryan Braun has had a number of athletes come to his defense, including Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, who has a friendship with Braun and lives fairly close to him. However, I just wonder if a precedent will ever be set and if this is the right time for one, in regards to Braun stepping up and not accepting the award until his name is cleared.

Many if not most baseball fans now, seem to just not care about the “integrity” of the game anymore. While the integrity of the game has maybe been tarnished for quite some time, when do “illegal drugs” aka performance-enhancing drugs become OK? We’re not talking about scuffing baseballs, spitballs, stealing signs with binoculars, spies in the stands.

I can’t get an exact barometer of the integrity issues with baseball fans or sports fans in general, but I’d sure like to see a little from the one guy who by his production on the field, work in the community and of course, according to the women in the stands, his “charming good looks” has launched himself into the conversation of one of the best outfielders in the game.

In a nutshell, I’d like to see Braun hold off on accepting this award, until his name is cleared. Let us hear about these so-called “unusual circumstances” surrounding his positive test of PED’s. I understand Braun has denied ever taking PED’s, but I think the right thing to do from his standpoint would be to hold off on accepting the MVP award until his name is cleared or not.

Braun has a chance to step up and either admits guilt, or does the honorable thing and waits on accepting this award until his name is cleared. If Braun is so hell-bent on protecting the integrity of the game, according to his good friend Aaron Rodgers, then he could separate himself, just a little bit, from the likes of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa etc. and do the right thing.


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