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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: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:55 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Another cheater. I thought we were passed this. What's with this guy? Matt Kemp should be handed the MVP award. Braun should be stripped of it. ENOUGH of this cheating.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:51 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs


Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:48 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Take away his MVP Trophy and give it directly to MATT KEMP = MVP ~

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:30 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Why the need to mention the Cubs?  Lol, just like Sox and Cardinal fans who can never celebrate a success or mention anything about baseball without having to down the Cubs.  It's kind of sad that there's still this constant complex even though your teams have had success.   Let it go and cheer for your teams, and in this case admit you have a cheater on the squad, it has nothing to do with the Cubs.   

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:11 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

to all the cubs fans FU!!!!!!!brauns numbers r legit he never took PEDs.we beat u guys fair all the time

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:07 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

if it turns out that these reports are true then Braun should, in my view, be punished harshly
It will be proved true. You obviously dont want it to be true but come on man look at the facts. He has already been charged. He will be found to be indeed dirty. But here is the $1,000,000 question.......WHY? well I will tell you why? For too many years baseball was immune to PED tests. They were all juicing but they had nobody checking the product that was being presented to the public. These guys actually disgust me. They can only compete with the records and resumes of the greats if they cheat. Give me Ken Griffey Jr. back anytime. That was a baseball hero. Sure he had several injuries, and as a result it impacted his career. But I have 4 boys and honestly he is the only baseball player for the last 30 years that I would want my boys to view as a hero in this league. I brace for all the hate!!!!

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:04 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

interestingly, there are reports that Braun took a follow up test as soon as he heard he had a positive and the follow up test was negative.  I'm not taking a position on what happened or what Braun did or didn't do, but we all know that labs make mistakes. If it is true that a follow up test was negative a week or two later, and his other tests were also negative in the past, then from a jurisprudence standpoint, the positive test carries very low merit and should be questioned.

This is probably the most logically amazing post ever written on this website.  

Logically amazing to a Milwaukee homer of course. But to the rest of the baseball loving community it's an excuse for a Ryan Braun fan to not admit their hero is a fraud.

First of all, the original article never gave a timeframe as to the follow up test, the poster injects " ...a week or two later", although that is not in the article. Additionally, this information has not been confirmed, so it is in fact more likely that it is incorrect than the possiblilty of a MLB faulty lab test. This information is received by "a source close to Braun", and furthermore if this test does exist, it was administered by "Braun's camp." Again, it is more likely that the credibility of a test administered by Braun's camp would hold less merit...from a jurisprudence standpoint of course.

Secondly, this poster fails to acknowledge that the test was further examined by an outside independent agency (World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal) and they concluded that the testosterone was synthetic, as in not naturally occurring in the human body. False negatives do not "synthesize" non bio-identical hormones in your blood/urine.

Third, as the writer asserts, there has never been a successful appeal of a positive drug test. This is because of the very sound testing methods and the very clear rules on the matter. as the poster suggests, there were negative tests in the past, but what he fails to understand is that those negative tests further implicate him and make for a more accurate positive test. In other words, Steroid testing is more successful and accurate with prior results, as it provides a baseline history of the subjects hormonal production. The longer the testing history the more accurate reflection of a subjects biology, thus making the results easier to understand.

And lastly, I think it is more likely than not Braun did in fact use steroids, as his representatives statement basically admits it; "...and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program." The operative word in this is "intentional." It's quite clear with that statement that they are already setting up their defense not from a "i didnt do it, or, the test is faulty" standpoint but rather a non intentional standpoint suchas "i didnt know it contained xyz synthetic steroid (not a successful defense in the past)" or a prescription type defense ie. fertility drug.


Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:33 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Assessing the validity of the reports that Ryan Braun tested positive for PED's would at this point be premature. To date no other player in MLB history has been cleared of charges like these after they became public, but I suppose there's a first time for everything.If these reports turn out to be inaccurate, then Braun will be owed a huge public apology by a lot of folks.

However, if it turns out that these reports are true then Braun should, in my view, be punished harshly.I believe he should be stripped of the MVP award he earned this past season & be forced to forfeit any performance bonus money he may have earned for winning the award.Furthermore, I think Braun (and all other professional baseball players in either the majors or minors) should be suspended without pay for an entire season if they're caught juicing once. A second offense of being caught using PED's should result in a lifetime ban from professional baseball in the U.S., the loss of any baseball retirement benefits, & the voiding of any individual records a player may hold.

It's impossible for MLB to avoid being permanently tarnished if fans believe that what they're seeing on the field isn't real & that professional baseball execs don't care.Incidents like this one puts doubt in the minds of fans.Unless MLB wants to
accept being viewed the way the WWE & the Roller Derby are, they'd better do whatever it takes to make sure that ALL players are clean going forward.If that means testing every single player twice a day every day of the year then so be it.The use of PED's by baseball players is a cancer on the game itself. If the cancer isn't totally removed, baseball will eventually be destroyed by it.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:31 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Pretty sure he signed his contract this year so he was then using the roids. They should null and void the contract under bad faith.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:26 am

Invalidate the Contracts

The new rule should be this:

Once you fail the PED test, your team has the option of invalidating your guaranteed contract along with the 50 game suspension.  That will end the drug use forever.

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