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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: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:53 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Take the MVP award away, make him suffer.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:29 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Who gives a f**k?  If the players want to take them, let 'em.  If they want to pay the price both health and legal wise, let 'em.  I'm so sick of this story.  Who gives a sh*t?  So sick of listening to MLB fans whine that their "heroes" have betrayed them.  Grow up and idolize someone worthy of it.

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:53 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

A pity. One of the young stars of the game and one of my favorite players. It makes you wonder what the game is coming to and how many stars are out there juicing themselves up.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:08 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

OK Cubs fan you are officially misinformed. A person doesnt have to look like a cartoon character to take PED's. Braun should be stripped of his MVP immediately. Its sad one of the faces of MLB is a cheater.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:47 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Give it to matt kemp????

Do you not get it?    That jerk is droppin too !!!!

The whole thing is heartbreaking. I say make Braun give the money back and throw him in JAIL .... IT IS ILLEGAL AFTER ALL RIGHT?

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:45 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

first off that is why his eyes are so big

2ndly your a dork for reading this blog ..... DUFUS

3rd this is Bud Seli's fault .... he's the worst commissioner EVER //// years ago they should have tested these doorknobs b4 everygame just like they test the dogs at the track .... statue of Bud outside Miller Park?   If the union doesn't like it then we can find other players who will play .... bud selig has ruined this game and he should be thrown aside

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:36 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

For people thinking this is b.s., keep in mind that NO ONE has ever won an appeal in MLB for a failed drug test. Sorry, but the odds are overwhelming that he is guilty and will be serving a 50 game suspension.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:06 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I just can't see Braun taking PED's. He doesn't have the body type to go with any side effects of usage. He just isn't the kind of guy I see that does that kind of stuff. When I heard Bonds, Sosa, McGuire, and Tejada linked to it, I thought "Yea that makes sense". There are still to many missing pieces to the puzzle for this to be settled yet. A second test proving normal levels works towards Braun's case. If he in fact was juicing, his levels would have been high even during a second test. I'm holding my judgement till everything plays out, but I'm veering toward this being a bunch of B.S.  
   This is coming from a Cub fan, so no home favoritism here.  

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:00 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I like Braun but forget the 50 games....strip him of the mvp and give it to Kemp!

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:58 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If Ryan Braun were on my favorite team I would be heartbroken by this.  As a fan of baseball, I am constantly disappointed when news like this breaks but I know that anytime someone gets caught, a player who is using or considering using will think twice about what they are doing or about to do.  No player should GET CAUGHT cuz no player should EVER consider taking PED's, period! Bottom line is the game is nowhere near clean and if anything the league should have an even more strict RANDOMIZED and much more frequent drug testing policy.  We deserve to watch a pure game played by real athletes who play the game FAIR.  Everyone who loves baseball knows that this is once again a bad day for the MLB and it's inevitable that many more bad days lie ahead.  The NFL doesn't mess around when it comes to steroids, why doesn't baseball do the same!?

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