A plot by baseball? A rogue urine collector? Next thing you know, Braun is going to blame the sausage vendor at Miller Park for selling him a tainted bratwurst.
I can't say Braun is guilty of juicing because I don't have the facts. I do know his test wasn't overturned because of scientific reasons, but because of chain-of-command issues, and that MLB officials are furious about it. I also know that testosterone is easily available to anyone through a couple clicks of the mouse or a doctor's prescription. It's common knowledge that increased amounts of testosterone can help sluggers be sluggers, especially toward the end of a season when their bodies are run down.
Here's one more thing I know: Braun needs to apologize to Laurenzi, and he needs to do it publicly.
Yes, it may undermine the basis of his claim to innocence, but if Braun wants to paint himself as a victim, it's important for him to understand there's another victim here, too.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or follow at http://twitter.com/timdahlberg