Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun won his appeal on a procedural technicality and his claims of innocence are false, says a Canadian anti-doping expert.
“He’s won on a very thin legal technicality that has no substantive value at all,” said Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“He’s running around saying that he’s cleared is a misstatement. Anybody who’s at all neutral in this is going to say, ‘Well, he dodged a bullet with that.’ ”
...Word that Braun tested positive for levels of testosterone five times the normal leaked to media in December, but the California-born left fielder has vociferously denied the allegations against him.
“This is a 20:1 ratio (of testosterone to epitestosterone) — give me a … break,” Pound said, adding that storing the sample in a fridge over a weekend would not change its contents.
“There was no sign of any tampering, so I don’t understand how a properly formed independent panel could come to the conclusion that that invalidated the test,” Pound said. “It’s not sitting there in the fridge generating false testosterone.”
Posted: February 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM | 58 comment(s)
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