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Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 4:39 pm
Ryan Braun

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan Braun, the National League MVP, has failed a drug test given to him in October and could face a 50-game suspension if his appeal is denied,'s Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn report. has confirmed Braun tested positive, however a source tells's Danny Knobler that while the positive test was for a banned substance, it was not for a perfromance-enhancing drug.

Once Braun was informed he had tested positive, he requested a second test and that one came back negative, the source told Knobler.

It should be noted Manny Ramirez and Edinson Volquez did not specifically test positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but for a male fertility drug that can also be used to mask raised testosterone levels.

Major League Baseball has not announced the positive test because Braun is disputing the result. MLB doesn't announce positive tests until all appeals have been heard and denied. Sources tell that a decision will not come soon.

"It's B.S.," Braun told USA Today's Bob Nightengale

Braun also told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he wanted to hold a press conference on Saturday, but was advised against it.

"I can't wait to get that opportunity," Braun texted Haudricourt. "This is all B.S. I am completely innocent."  

A spokesman for Braun issued this statement through Braun's agent: "There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

Braun was tested during the playoffs and was notified, according to the ESPN report, later in October.

Ryan Braun

The report says Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which was later revealed to be synthetic. MLB has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal to perform a secondary test. 

A report in the New York Daily News quotes a source as saying Braun's testosterone level was "insanely high" and "twice the level of the highest test ever taken.

In April, Braun signed an extension with the Brewers through the 2020 season worth $105 million.

Braun beat the Dodgers' Matt Kemp for MVP last month, finishing with 20 of the 32 first-place votes and 388 overall points to Kemps' 332. Braun's teammate, Prince Fielder, finished third.

Braun would be the first standing MVP to test positive for PEDs, although several others -- Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi, Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco -- have either admitted steroid use or been implicated in steroid use. Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, Braun's name will always be lumped in with those players, vindicated or not. Whispers and suspicions have kept Jeff Bagwell out of the Hall of Fame and Braun will have a black mark against him in this positive test. Even if exonerated, there will be doubts because Braun plays for the Brewers, the team formerly owned by commissioner Bud Selig.

Several players before him, including Ramirez and Volquez, have claimed fertility drugs triggered a positive test, but both served their suspensions anyway. Rafael Palmeiro blamed his positive test on a "vitamin B12" shot given to him by Tejada. 

If Braun's appeal is unsuccesful, he'd be the 10th player to receive a 50-game ban under the current testing system, joining Ramirez, Volquez, Yusaku Iriki, Guillermo Mota, Jason Grimsley, Juan Salas, Dan Serafini, Eliezer Alfonzo and J.C. Romero

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Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:10 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Can't believe that Ryan Braun accepted the MVP at the awards dinner.  He should have been man enough to bow out to Kemp, who was very deserving, and who could have replaced him.  Now Contador is suspended for two years.  Mr. Braun, I can not believe in you.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:51 am

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Ok, let me get this straight, Pujols leaves the division, Prince is on his way out, Astro's leaving the division, Braun'll be out 50 games and off the juice and the Cubs are the Cubs.  It looks like the stars are beginning to line up so the Pirates can end the losing streak and rise to the top of the division.  Christmas is coming early this year for the Burgh.  Merry Christmas to all.
Even if there were only the Cubs and Pirates and nobody else in their division, the Pirates would still have a losing record and the Cubs would finish in last place.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:04 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Braun has failed a PED test however we don't know why or how he took the banned substances. I aren't saying its lifestle or anything but we don't know what supplements he takes or what is in the supplements he may take but unlike the other examples there is no indication it is down to any doctor or group of doctors'.

He should come out to his team manager and say this is everything I have taken (supplement wise) and this is the list of doctors' I have seen and go to the MLBPA with the same information before we judge him.

If he has knowingly taken banned substances then he should be stripped of the NL MVP and banned a minimum of 50 games, as well as fined at least a $1m.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:23 am

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

and Ohio state runs a ship shape program.... RIIIIIGHT.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:14 am

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

sorry if I offend anyone here, and I was never the one that accuse anyone of biased treatment,   but now I am thinking there is some truth to it, look at everyone tested positive for PED and how the media bombarded them with every thing they had, I don't see that happening with Braun, I asked my self what is the difference here, nothing sticks out he is just as big as other names but the media left him out, why MLB let him win MVP when they knew he had tested positive, why wait till saturday night to announce it? everyone is busy and Sunday belongs to NFL and he would be mentioned sparingly just like it happened. only thing I can think of that is glaringly differnt is that he is Jewish and in my opinion and I hope it is not true the media is protecting him.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:47 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I blame steriods!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:10 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

First I read that Bruan used PED's. Then I read that it wasn't PED's just a banned substance. If he didn't use steroids and it was something else like amphetimines then there are some baseball writers who need to be fined and banned from MLB parks. You can't damn a guy in the eyes of the world then take it back later.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:58 am
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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:34 am

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

You're correct.  Wisconsin teams don't know how to win without cheating.  Braun is a douche bag and there is no way of getting around that.  Brett Beilemah is a cretin as well.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:08 am

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I absolutely love all of the people on here trying to defend Braun and saying he is too classy of a guy and "image conscious" to use PED's.  In sports, where there is smoke, there is usually a forest fire blazing out of control...and this case will be no different.  Look at the guys #'s, especially in the playoffs, how could you not be suspicious.  In a sport where the difference between taking PED's or not could mean literally 100 million dollars difference on your contract, I can't believe there are people stupid enough to think that any accused athlete is too classy for drugs. 

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