yeah, the protocol wasn't followed. he still tested positive for ped's. can't wait for him to get the bonds treatment from the media and fans...oh wait.
it sounds like the guy who took the test took the sample home. I would be pretty pissed to if that happened and was going to have my name permanently tarnished based on the outcome of the test. If it cannot be delivered via courier right away then it should be kept in a secure location, not some guy's fridge at home.
Once again, chain of custody is a huge issue especially when reading this.
IIRC all of these tests are run on a mass spectrometer. You can easily have metabolic/degradation of other molecules in the sample that would overlap with the position where Testosterone is supposed to be located. In this example they were using an unusual T:E ratio indicating an issue. T and E degrade at different rates. A sample could easily show a dramatic altering of the T:E ratio depending on how it was handled in a short period of time. I work with DNA all the time and it is pretty stable under varied conditions, but proteins and other small molecules can degrade within minutes under the wrong circumstances. Chain of command is definitely an issue.
How they even tested the sample is beyond me. Clearly they need to change the policy that any sample that is not sent within X hours of collection will not be tested because it has been compromised by handling.