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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 26, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:22 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Nice.  The Hebrew Hammer is a fraud. And I thought the Arabs were bad. Desert dwellers.  

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:14 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

  Here is a collective bargaining chip, if you test positive for a banned substance and lose any and all appeals, the team has the option of voiding your contract. Walking away. Saying good luck until we meet again.  Maybe this will wake these out of touch players, nothing else seems to. Can they retro the MVP to Kemp?

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:12 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Actually if this story is true, Braun has little , a side effect of steroids lol.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:56 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

You sure about that?

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:56 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If this story holds up, Braun either has big or is incredibly naive.   I have to say I can't believe that players keep getting caught on these only takes one positive result to tarnish their careers.......but the upside ( and not getting caught ) is lucrative.....contract extensions MVPs, etc......

MLB has to make the punishment fit the crime.......first time positive miss the next 162 games and forfeit  your salary and any bonuses for that time period......I just want to know when they are going to re-write the record book and put Aaron and Maris back on top.

As a lifetime MLB fan since the mid-sixties, I have to say that I'm very dissapointed in Mr. Braun........I can probably predict his entire " I'm sorry " speech too, which is pretty pathetic.  Now lets give the 2011 NL MVP to Kemp.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:55 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Cardinals fans seriously talking about this when McGwire's neck veins are bigger than most peoples arms?  What about that Braun's follow up test came up negative?  That just slipped the minds of great sports networks like ESPN and CBS.  I don't want to stick up for the guy because HGH use is completely out of control in the first place but me and you can go down to GNC and take some supplements and test postive for PEDs real easily.  And to the morons who can't comprehend PEDs aren't just steorids, read a book.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:46 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

So much for the Brewers.  They are sunk.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:41 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Really. Is anyone surprised at this. That's why I laugh at the Angels spending 254 mil on Pujols. Wait til they start blood testing for HGH. Watch the numbers start to fall. Like Bautista, Elsbury, Cano, Granderson etc......just look at ARods numbers. Big drop off after he was linked to using HGH.

And Rafael Palmeiro I might add as well.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:40 am

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

It's just a preliminary report. ESPN is the only source reporting this ATM, not even MLB as they're having the results verified. Pretty irresponsible for the 4 letter network to even be leaking this at this point.
LMAO. You frikkin homer. Your name "Brew Crew" was all I needed to see.
Dude... MLB has a STRICT policy with a "no intent needed" threshold. For ESPN to report this is not irresponsible. What are they supposed to do, sit on news?? He TESTED POSITIVE.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:35 am

Man, it must SUCK to be a Brewers fan!

Wow.  First your team wins its first division title in, what, 30 years?  Then your players flap their gums and bad-mouth the Cardinals.  Then the Cardinals kick your asses 5 out 6 games in September to get back in the race and make the playoffs.  Then the Cardinals kick your sorry asses again in six games in the NLCS--what, didn't they hang about 50 runs on your out-classed pitching staff?  Then the Cards win the World Series for the 11th time, which is, what, eleven times more than the Brewers?  THEN  your boy-toy Braun turns out to be a sorry-ass FRAUD.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  This is just too easy for a Cardinal fan living in Wisconsin.  I can hardly wait for tomorrow!

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