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Ryan Braun in PED crosshairs again; should we believe him?

By February 6, 2013

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Ryan Braun is back in the news again with PED allegations after showing up on the Biogenesis records. This is looking more and more like BALCO 2.0, but for synthetic testosterone.

And Braun has another explanation. We kind of all bought the last one, even though when he had an abnormal testosterone level in 2011 and faced suspension, he fought and won on what seemed a technicality.

This time, it's an explanation that his appearance in the records was related to his defense in that case. And it's plausible -- perhaps even more plausible than the whole "chain of custody" fiasco last offseason.

"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Braun said in a statement after the Yahoo! Sports report. "More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples."

But getting through the court of public opinion a second time will be tough for one of the top all-around players in the game. If he's cleared by MLB investigators, will fans still see him the same way? If he proceeds in his career and has 10 more seasons like his last five, will he get a fair shake in Hall of Fame voting?

Way to early to tell, on all fronts. But his chances did take a turn for the worse.

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