So what was some of the initial reaction from Major League Baseball observers or pundits to Ryan Braun PED Part Deux? ESPN’s Buster Olney had some advice for the media: “Stop pretending you are human lie detectors.” Olney wrote: “Stop lending your credibility to his-dog-ate-his-homework stories, spoon-fed by lawyers or agents who won't go on the record. If you get the urge to write about how authentic Braun's response was, or how it makes sense, take a deep breath and step away from your iPad. But the same also is true if you are dead certain he's guilty. Because you're not. “By now, the great lesson that we should have all learned over the past 25 years is that unless you happen to be attached to the hip of the athlete every minute of every hour of every day, you don't know. You don't know whether he's guilty, you don't know whether he's innocent.” ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn had trouble understanding why Braun’s legal team would seek out Tony Bosch, who runs a wellness clinic in the Miami area, as a consultant when Braun was building his case to present to the arbitrator. On “SportsCenter” Quinn was asked how qualified Bosch was as a consultant. “It is a stunning thing for him to say,” Quinn said, referring to Braun. “It’s hard to find somebody who is less qualified or less credible. Tony Bosch doesn’t have a medical license, although he tells people he is a doctor, he was connected to a player who was suspended for PED use four years ago (Manny Ramirez). . . . The idea that anyone would go to him as a credible witness is astounding and is something that Ryan Braun is going to have to answer for.” Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also said he had a hard time with Braun’s contention that his legal team used Bosch as a consultant. “Really?” Rosenthal said. “Bosch isn’t a doctor. He isn’t an acclaimed expert. As one agent told me, no sophisticated lawyer would use him as a consultant. It doesn’t pass the smell test. You go to a high end guy.” Tom Verducci of SI.com cited Braun’s masterful performance last year at his press conference following the arbitrator’s decision to uphold his appeal of a positive test for a banned substance. “Daniel Day-Lewis would have blushed at the sight,” Verducci said of Braun’s presentation.
Reactions to Ryan Braun's second PED chapter range from agnostic to skeptic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 7