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Following ESPN’s report that Tony Bosch will cooperate to help MLB suspend up to 20 players, JSOnline published an editorial that badly missed the point. Headlined “Has Ryan Braun let down his fans?”, the sanctimony was laid on so thick you could almost choke on it. The focus of the editorial was that Braun needs to come clean about his steroid use if he hasn’t been truthful up to this point.
Of course he should, but the issues raised by ESPN’s sources go beyond whether or not some athletes cheated. Indeed, the most serious implication is that MLB intimidated Bosch into cooperating with them, and that he only agreed to do so because he believes MLB will help him avoid prosecution. ESPN’s report contains the following description of Bosch’s agreement to cooperate with MLB:
In exchange for Bosch's full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising fr...