In a day which Milwaukee Brewers fans have been holding their breath for, 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun won his appeal of a 50-game suspension.
According to multiple sources, including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and ESPN.com, Braun has been exonerated of the allegations of a positive drug test levied against him this fall.
It marks the first time that a suspension for a positive test has been overturned by a grievance.
Braun had been doing the right things since the news of his suspension broke, saying that he’d be willing to take as many tests as necessary to prove his innocence. And if today’s news holds up, he’ll be in uniform Opening Day. There is still a bit of a tarnish on this MVP season, but nowhere near the levels that could have been had he been found guilty.
Here are a few snippets of his public statement, relayed through his PR firm:
“I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision. It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on my side.”
“I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.”
The best part of the news? The support he got from Green bay Packers quarterback, friend and fellow MVP Aaron Rodgers on twitter.