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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: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:38 am
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I love watching you Braun but you are guilty until proven innocent



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:47 am
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Matzah has elevated levels of testosterone so that explains the positive test.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:27 am
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I love how people say steroid users "made a mistake"  A mistake is forgetting to bring your glove to the park, not intentionally breaking the rules by injecting yourself with a substance to enhance your performance! Especially when you're already one of the best players in the game, not some kid just trying to make it in the big leagues and get your first contract.  Oops, sorry, just made a mistake, I'm human. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:27 am
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

#MostValuablePerformanceEnhancingDr

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Keep taking those "vitamins", guys. It keeps us entertained, and the drama when you get caught just adds to the Fun.


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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:28 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:43 am
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

And you know all of this about Pujols how??  Just because you don't like a player is no reason to call him phony or dirty.  He has never tested positive, therefore he is probably clean.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I've always wondered why he has bug eyes.  Now I know.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I waiting for someone in St. Louis to come out on dirt about Pujols.  Either his age or PEDs.  Pujols puts on a good face for the press and the public.  But probally one of the biggest fakes in all sports.   And for Braun give back the MVP and move on.  



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I have never been a big Braun fan since he seems to conduct himself like a diva.  If the findings are upheld, he deserves the punishment and loss of respect.  However, it is reprehensible that this type of information was leaked before a final resolution and it is difficult to discern a legitimate reason to use confidential sources for a story of this nature.  Either identify your sources or don't try to get the big scoop.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

You don't get false positives of levels that high, pure and simple.  He is guilty.  If they do not strip the MVP, then MLB is as full of shit as the NBA is.


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