At about 3:15 p.m. Phoenix time, where the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training facility is located, news broke that Ryan Braun had won his appeal of his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
The news is huge. Braun is the first known player to successfully beat a positive test conducted by Major League, and it also pokes gaping holes in the testing system.
How did two tests produce results that revealed Braun had an absurdly high level of testosterone in his system? What is wrong with the testing process that something like this could happen (ESPN reports a courier is to blame)? Have other players been falsely identified as cheats?
Those answers will come as this story—one that never was supposed to be revealed to the public—is delved into further. For now, what does this mean for Braun and the Brewers?