Michael Weiner, the executive director of the MLB Players Association, released a statement today regarding National League MVP Ryan Braun’s positive test for a banned substance.
"Our Joint Drug Agreement is designed to protect a player from a rush to judgment before he can challenge a reported positive test result. Fairness dictates that Ryan Braun be treated no differently. I urge all to reserve judgment on this matter until the JDA's process has played itself out."
News broke earlier this week that the 28-year-old had submitted a urine sample for testing during the playoffs and was notified of the positive test in late October; the positive result was reportedly triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in Braun’s system. If the finding is upheld, Braun faces a 50-game suspension under the MLB’s anti-doping policy. Last season he hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs in 2011 while leading the Brewers to a 96-66 record and first-place finish in the NL Central.