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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, ESPN.com's Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn report. CBSSports.com has confirmed Braun tested positive, however a source tells CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:29 am
 

Hey NEED HELP, are you a Moron?

McGwire didn't test positive for Androstene OTC, a steroids precurser--a reporter saw the Androstene in his locker and wrote a story about it.  McGwire later admitted using steroids for health/injury recovery purposes, though few believe that was the only purpose. 



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:25 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I hate to break the news to you but you can test positive for OTC PED's.  Big Mac took a form of Androstene OTC and tested positive.  Learn your facts before you start running your mouth.

Do all OTC PED's break league policy or are there just a certain named ones?



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:22 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Blame it on DHEA lol.The key word in the article was the Synthetic level of testosterone found in his system.Unless he can claim he was abducted by Aliens and injected i think he is toast!



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:21 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

darn it! Then I guess my fantasy baseball championship (won single-handedly by Braun) doesn't count!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:20 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Hey dude, are you stupid?  I hate to break the news to you but you can test positive for OTC PED's.  Big Mac took a form of Androstene OTC and tested positive.  Learn your facts before you start running your mouth.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:02 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Please most of you decline your jury notices.. LOL!! I am in the minority I guess! I will wait to pass judgement!!



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:00 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.  


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Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:59 pm
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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

CHEATER!!!!!!!!!! Sit your ass on the bench for 50 games you lying, cheating scumbag. Unfortunately, the old asaying "cheaters never win"  doesn't apply to MLB. Cheat your way to millions ! YES!!! You too can have a big league career! Screw all these cheats! 50 games is a JOKE. You get caught DUI? License suspended 6 months. Test positive for PEDs? Suspended from baseball 6 months. Without pay. Forfeit bonuses earned from time period you cheated. Give back awards and money from those, too.



Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

 I can't wait for the "I didn't know what it was" speech.

 If I didn't know what I was taking, I wasn't taking it. It's a dumb excuse.

 He tested positive, now he can go through the system and serve his time. Manny had to do it, so no name is safe.


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