Ballplayers and Drugs: What Baseball Contracts Don't Say

Jul 26, 2013

Some words that are omitted from major league baseball contracts offer up a seeming contradiction.

Ryan Braun will not be back on the playing field for the remainder of this season.

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio indicated this week, he will welcome Ryan Braun back to the team, after he serves his suspension.

Braun is done for this season for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Matt Mitten is director of the Sports Law Institute at Marquette University.

He won’t discuss Braun’s case, but says Major League teams don’t seem to have a choice, but to keep players caught using banned substances.

Mitten says that’s because players don’t promise in their existing contract to be drug free, only that they’ll meet general standards.