Rumor Of The Day: Ryan Brauns’ Issue
Ryan Braun, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, has been deemed guilty in the court of public opinion for failing a performance enhancing drug test. He is now the symbol of the "post steroid era" being very much like the "steroid era" that proceeded it.
Is Braun a cheat? Most likely. Is he suffering from an embarrassing condition that might have caused a test to read his testosterone levels much higher than usual? The latest rumor has that as a serious possibility.
According to YardBarker and TerezOwens.com, Brewers officials believe Ryan Braun will be exonerated of being a cheat when it comes out that his testosterone levels were raised due to a prescribed drug. The purpose of the drug? To help Braun get over his sexually transmitted disease.
That's right, baseball nerds. In a sport where fans banter over on-base perentage, isolated slugging percentage, and strikeout-to-walk ratio, the best left fielder in the sport might have herpes. We may have reacted with venom about cheating and steroids on Saturday night for no reason. Ryan may have issues beyond not being liked anymore by some hyper sensitive fans.
Is this true? I have no idea. Is it possible? Well, the new drug testing program doesn't just yield results for the kind of steroids we think Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa took. There are plenty of ways a test could turn up positive. On the other hand, this could just be an excuse. Not many people believed Manny Ramirez when tried to make us believe that his banned substance use was do to fertility issue. His second positive test proved the skeptics right.
The truth about Braun will come out in time. For now, the rumors will continue to keep pouring in.