Ryan Braun Does Not Owe The Sample Collector An ApologySean Newell7/22/13 8:44pmFiled to: ryan braunbiogenesisnewsmlb14812EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRyan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season for his role in the Biogenesis fiasco. The knives are finally out and The League Of Baseball Justice is all set to carve Braun up for...besmirching the name of the sample collector at the center of his 2012 appeal. Zuh?AdvertisementAlmost immediately following the announcement, this sentiment began to spread across Twitter. I first saw it with Buster Olney, but others shortly joined in. The most offending quote that "smeared" his name?AdvertisementAdvertisement"There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked, that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened."What Ryan Braun and his team learned was that the collector hung on to his jar of piss over the weekend and, in their reading of the policy, did not ship it as soon as possible as was required. An arbitrator, Shyam Das, agreed and Braun became the first player ever to successfully defend himself against an MLB suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.MLB was so incensed it eventually fired Das and overhauled the collections policy. Just like these subsequent remedial measures shouldn't be taken as MLB's implicit admission to Braun's version of the events, neither should Braun's perfectly valid defense be construed as some kind of character assassination.