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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: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:53 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

This is baseball it's like NASCAR if you aren't cheating you are not trying.  Baseball has had a long history of players doing things that in regular society we would be thrown in jail.  Greenies, Steriods, now PEDs.  Baseball needs to look at number 1 there season is too long.  Number 2 there are not enough players on the major league roster.  Let me explain-162 games and if you are an All Star you have to play around 160 games with spring training.  They have day games following night games.  So you finish about 11 pm, do your press conference, eat dinner, drive home and go to bed around 1-2 am if you can fall aslee right away.  Get up around 11 or noon to play the next day.  I would like to see baseball go down to 150 games. Do twilight double headers and expand rosters to 30 guys.  More position players are needed.  Most teams 25 man rostes are 11 or 12 pitchers and 13 or 14 position players.  Lets breakdown the positions players-starting 8 leaving 5 or 6 backups.  One is a catcher.  Leaving us 4 or 5 backups.  I don't doubt Braun did this but he is trying to get ahead.  Heck look at all the guys named Clemens, Bonds, Rodriguez, Sosa, Tejada, Giambi, Caminiti, and Canseco they made MILLIONS for themselves and Baseball and baseball turned a blind eye.  They then got a black eye.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:50 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

has anybody ever tested positive and said "yeah i did it". when caught, it's always an excuse. "I didnt know what i was taking".

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:44 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

First thing that should be done is to strip the MVP from Braun.  I realize this would be an unprecedented move but it makes a statement.  Second is that he should have to serve the 50 game suspension then play the remainder of the season for no money once the suspension is served.  One full season with no pay.  Making them play one year for free would hurt them financially and that is the only way these guys truly get hurt.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:38 am

Next up, the new Angels First Baseman

Guess he is easier to catch than Albert Pujols.  We all know Pujuols is using too so it's up to MLB to stop protecting the likeable superstars.  

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:37 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Braun on steroids - heres my suprised face

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:24 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Terrible headline.

Shoulda been: Pure Braun or Juiced Brawn? 

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:20 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

So you have inside information that Kemp also used PEDs? Please elaborate moron!

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:17 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Im not sure why the Journal centenial comment was thrown into this story stating" a second drug test performed showed that the results were negative". We do drug testing on a daily basis in my line of work and very rarely does a dirty test come out clean on the second test unless its one of two things. One would be that the second sample tested was someone elses and Two would be that his second blood test was performed months later and at the time it was clean. Simply stating the facts, This guy is guilty as charged and thats it. Of course weeks after winning the M.V.P he is going to come out and deny it. Denial is the first step, admitting it will be the second step and stopping the cheating would be the third step. Depending on how much of his new contract is guaranteed will determine when he decides to stop. Like i stated years ago, Most of these athletes cheat, some are just better at masking it.

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:10 am
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