It seems that every generation has its own controversial sports athlete trial. For many of the thirty year olders’ our controversial case was the OJ Simpson murder case. Make no mistake about it, that case was sports and popularity based but the nature of it set it on a level all by itself. I say this because I don’t want anyone to think Im belittling a murder case, in comparison to what this article is about.
After the O.J. Simpson case it seemed to be a no nonsense approach towards professional athletes and problems in their personal lives. As many of us went through our twenties in the new Millennium we saw criminal cases brought against athletes for using performance enhancing drugs. Mark Mcgwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens, just to name a few. In all honesty the majority of the congressional committee that conducted the questioning were probably on that “Viagra” performance enhancing drug, but thats a whole other story.
Yesterday, the reversal of a 50 game drug suspension of Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun, became the trial of the current generation. Arbitrator Shyam Das overturned Major League Baseball’s 50 game suspension of Ryan Braun for testing positive for elevated testosterone in October of 2011. This decision marked the first time a player had a drug suspension overturned in Major League Baseball. This reversal will also become the precedent for all Major League Baseball players to use when they doubt a positive drug test and subsequent suspension.
My question to the Hot1079 community is:
Does the Ryan Braun case force you to change your opinion on Barry Bonds or Mark Mcgwire?
Lets talk. @Philly_Ron