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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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Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Man, Braun was a guy who just screamed class act. What a heartbreaker for the MLB that a "golden boy" wins MVP and not a month later disgraces it.



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I'm surprised too that Braun tested positive. It's another sad day for baseball. My only hope is that Pujols doesn't ever test positive....he's my only hope to break all the records cleanly and get the cheaters off the top! I will say that if this is true, and Braun did test positive, he should not only get 50 days but he should also lose his MVP trophy. There is no way he should be awarded for being a cheater! On a side note.....Morgan, he's a classless piece of (fill in the blank) and won't be around much longer....He's not good enough to play more than 2-3 years and only as a part time player. At the level he plays, most teams won't put up with his crap.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

All these players are crying the blues trying to get more money just so they can lie and cheat us of our hard earn dollar.  This is ridiculas


philsfan1
Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:52 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

As much as I can't stand the Brewers, mainly because of their childish and digusting behavior (primarily from Morgan and Fielder) I have to say I'm actually surprised that Braun tested positve for PEDs. He seems like a classy guy, very rare in that organization, and doesn't exhibit the traditional physical characteristics of someone who had juiced. Now if this article was about Pujols, I would believe it. I still think Pujols is using or has used PEDs and should be tested!



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I agree....Ryan Braun is NOT a big HULK and needs a REFUND IF he is on PED's.He is built like Robin Yount...another BREWER GREAT.Was Yount on the JUICE as well?????? I think not....Tests can be wrong !!!!!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

In my business if you lie on your resume you are FIRED!!!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If confirmed the MVP award should go elsewhere i also think the Brewers should be allowed re-negotiate that contract



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

MLB, NFL, NBA none of them care about the fans,  Think Iill follow more NASCAR, PGA and POKER!!!!



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:41 pm
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