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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:54 pm
 

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.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Wow really?

Lets see if braun will come out and admit it unlike the rest of the loosers that still haven't admit of taking steroids.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

dude are u that stupid?  you can thank the MLBPA for the news not coming out until now.  He tested positive!!  Not only that but there has never been a player to appeal and win it...PEDs aren't something you can test positive from taking over the counter stuff, jack@ZZ.  He is guilty and he is "apealing" to try to save his name.  LMAO!!  Dude is done!!  kemp should've won anyways



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

LOL, Redsox11... you do know no one in jail was ever wrongly convicted, right? Haha! I don't get why everyone is so quick to judge someone elses fate. Let the process evolve and then if it is confirmed true, lay into him. We as a nation have really got to get back to the "innocent until proven guilty" mentality or we might as well start speaking Russian or Chinese because we're no better than them then!! Ryan, I hope this isn't true!!


Agree with this statement.  Plus there's this that CBS left out:

"A source familiar with the situation told the Journal Sentinel that a second test requested by Braun was negative and was being used in the appeal process to overturn the first results. That source also indicated the banned substance was not a performance-enhancing drug."


So Braun tested "positive" and immediately took another test that was negative.  



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Is it too late to give the MVP award to Kemp????  lol



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

LOL, Redsox11... you do know no one in jail was ever wrongly convicted, right? Haha! I don't get why everyone is so quick to judge someone elses fate. Let the process evolve and then if it is confirmed true, lay into him. We as a nation have really got to get back to the "innocent until proven guilty" mentality or we might as well start speaking Russian or Chinese because we're no better than them then!! Ryan, I hope this isn't true!!



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I couldnt agree more. Allegations need to be proven and follow process. What type of PED was it? There are a lot of things that can pop the tests negatively. If he is guilty, why arent these test results done more often and rapidly through the process?




Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

No more Fielder and now no Braun for 50 games, gonna be a long year in Milwaukee. 



Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

It's time for the next step in punishing players. The first step, testing, was effective but apparently it's not enough. Start stripping these guys of their records and allow teams to void their contracts if they so choose - starting with A-Rod.

And what is up with these guys getting caught or coming out directly after signing a huge contract?



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Then how bout this,,,fuk u.


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