MLB's Commissioner's Office challenges confidentiality breach
MILWAUKEE- Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Labor Relations Rob Manfred issued the following statement this afternoon:
"Major League Baseball runs the highest quality drug testing program of any professional sports organization in the world. It is a joint program, administered by an independent program administrator selected by the Commissioner's Office and the MLBPA.
"With regards to the breach of confidentiality regarding this case, both the Commissioner's Office and the MLBPA have investigated the original leak of Ryan Braun's test, and we are convinced that the leak did not come from the Commissioner's Office.
"The extremely experienced collector in Mr. Braun's case acted in a professional and appropriate manner. He handled Mr. Braun's sample consistent with instructions issued by our jointly retained collection agency. The Arbitrator found that those instructions were not consistent with certain language in our program, even though the instructions were identical to those used by many other drug programs - including the other professional sports and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
"Our program is not 'fatally flawed.' Changes will be made promptly to clarify the instructions provided to collectors regarding when samples should be delivered to FedEx based on the arbitrator's decision. Neither Mr. Braun nor the MLBPA contended in the grievance that his sample had been tampered with or produced any evidence of tampering."