Friday February 24 2012- Any one expecting pointing fingers or a MacGrammar redux, "steroids... is bad", was sorely disappointed. Reading from a carefully prepared statement in a carefully protected environment, Ryan Braun answered some of the questions surrounding his positive test for excessive testosterone, 3 times the highest number tested by MLB.
Highlights include: "This is the biggest challenge of my life"
"I have tried to respect this process, despite the integrity of process being compromised"
" this is not about one player it's about all players"
"victim of process that completely broke down"
"100% guilty until proven innocent"
"For the last 6 years my workouts have not changed my strength has not changed my speed and arm strength have not changed"
"I have had 25 clean tests before this including 3 in that season"
"the system worked because I an innocent and I have been proven innocent"
In response to question "Players agreed to this process, MLB agreed to this process, it is sad and disappointing that MLB would announce that they strongly disagree with result"
In response to question about high testosterone level, " I have no idea, i can only verify what happened to the sample when it was with me"
Braun also spent some time on why he would have no motivation to use PED's (youth, long-term contract) and some time on the collector, the process, the actual length of time the sample was in collector's care (44 hours).