February 06, 2013

Let's just call the #HebrewHammer Lyin Braun on #roiding

Ryan Braun/Yahoo Sports
Apparently, use of performance-enhancing drugs isn't all that Ryan Braun has in common with Alex Rodriguez.

Lying at the drop of a hat, no matter how transparent the lie, is a commonality too.

Braun,  whose name appeared on a notepad list at Biogenesis of America, the Anthony Bosch "performance" lab intricately intertwined with A-Rod's latest PED scandal allegations, says he was just using the lab as a consultant when he had a positive PED test in 2011. 
"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list," Braun said.
"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch," he said. "I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."
Braun goes on to claim:
"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list," Braun said.

"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch," he said. "I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."
But, you'll notice how he carefully never explains HOW his lawyers got so familiar with Bosch in the first place.

That 2011 MVP award is looking more and more tainted by the day.

I'm at the point where I think owners need to give Bud Selig some discretionary powers to take extra time on suspensions of players who stall and lie rather than coming clean. Or extra fine money, or both.

As for him not being on "other lists," that doesn't mean other lists don't exist. The rest of his statement is standard legal/PR boilerplate. 

Jon Paul Morosi from Fox agrees that Braun's claims are "plausible (but not) believable." 
• If Braun’s attorneys were “previously familiar” with Bosch, wouldn’t they have known to avoid any link with him because of his reputation for selling PEDs to athletes?

• For what reasons would Braun’s attorneys have dealt with a steroid supplier, anyway?

• In seeking consultants for Braun’s defense, was Bosch really the best option? A brief bio on him, from the New Times report: failed businessman, long debt history, no license to practice medicine in Florida, degree from “Central America Health Sciences University” on the wall. For a man of Braun’s means — he has more than $130 million left on his current contract with the Milwaukee Brewers — why not hire the entirety of Harvard’s medical faculty?
For good measure, Morosi adds that Braun has acted like he does h ave something to hid.

Stay tuned, Brew Crew fans. We'll see if the Hebrew Hammer's stick is going to get a 50-day bris from Bud.

You want another good one, on nicknames, besides Lyin Braun? Per the Hebrew Hammer schtick, and Jewish history, and the allegations, let's call him Juices Maccabee.

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