, you're doing it to us again.
LeavingHarry Arter is a step away from leaving Bournemouth.Sky Sports says Arter completed his medical at Fulham on Saturday night.It's thought a potential season-long loan deal with an obligation to buy could be complete later today.Arter spent last season on-loan with Cardiff City. us wondering. Leaving us asking questions.
Leaving us in that zone of uncertainty that we'd hoped we had left behind, when baseball and its players union finally stopped looking the other way on steroids.
Drug testing was supposed to clean up the game, but it was also supposed to give us clarity. It was supposed to give us trust that we could believe what we were watching.
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Some players would fail tests, but they would be suspended and we would know who they were.
Now we're back to where we were before testing began. We're back with suspicions and reports.
For now, the star lives in that steroid gray area. Braun's defense then was based on problems with the chain of custody. Since the test itself was never challenged, many will always believe he cheated.
His National League MVP award from 2011 will forever be tainted, even though an arbitrator overruled his suspension for a failed test.
But what about 2012, when he basically duplicated his MVP numbers, finished second in the voting and passed all his drug tests? Now we're asking if that was real, or whether it was tainted, too?We're left wondering again, this time because Braun somehow . His name is in the records from Bosch's since-closed anti-aging clinic, as first reported by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.The link isn't at level, because Braun's name doesn't have any specific drugs next to it, the way A-Rod's name does, the way 's name and 's name do. Braun's explanation, in was that his lawyers had consulted with Bosch, and that he never had any other relationship with Bosch.
Left unanswered is why Bosch -- an alleged PED distributor who ran an aging clinic -- was considered an expert on T/E ratios and tainted urine samples (which Braun said was the subject of the consultation).
is investigating, and you can bet they'd love to find something they can pin on Braun, just as they'd love to find something they can pin on A-Rod. MLB was openly upset with the arbitrator's decision on Braun last year, and there have long been questions about how truthful A-Rod was when MLB investigators spoke with him in 2009.
Besides, the pressure is on MLB now, even more than it's on A-Rod, Braun or any of the others.
The standard of proof is necessarily high. There's no way baseball can suspend Braun based only on what came out in the Yahoo report, and yet that report and have left the baseball public believing that the PED issue is alive and well.
There seems to be some confidence that they'll find more, that they'll find enough, based on what people in the game are saying privately. They'd better, because the risk is that they lose what remains of the public's trust.
MLB and its union believe they have pro sports' most thorough and effective testing system, and it's very possible that they do. There was never a chance that they could completely clea former Tenerife whiz is attracting interest from Tottenham, along with Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Asked if he will be staying, Perez told the Shields Gazette, "It's something I can't say right now. You can't guarantee it. We'll see. There will be n up the game, not when the potential rewards are so great that the incentive to cheat remains high.
They know and we know that testing can never stop all the cheaters. The testing improves all the time (big improvements are coming this season), but the big rewards ensure that some will always try to beat the newest tests -- and some will succeed.
Still, the testing made everyone -- players, executives and fans alike -- feel that we could trust most of what we saw. Some would try to cheat, but many would get caught and the risk of a suspension would keep many others from trying.
Now, once again, we're not so sure. Now, once again, we're back in that zone of uncertainty, less willing to trust that anyone is actually clean.
No, Ryan Braun, it's not all your fault. Perhaps you're not guilty of anything except having your lawyer associate with the wrong guy and offering an unsatisfying explanation.
But as we've seen so many times before, when the subject is PEDs, the court of public opinion can be unforgiving (and perhaps even unfair).
One big reason for testing is to move beyond that, to move to a time when the answers are more available and where we can belof Nathan Redmond.The winger suffered an injury against Fulham and will be absent for the coming games.But given the international break, it is possible he will only miss a couple of key Saints clashes.Hasenhuttl said of the star's fitness in his preieve with some certainty that any steroid taints are fully deserved.
In some ways, it was easier back when we knew nothing, or even when we knew very little. Not necessarily better, but easier.
Now it feels like it's getting tougher again. Now it feels like we're left asking, sometimes left guessing.
And often left hoping to find something we can really trust.