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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: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:41 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Ban  him from the league already.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:40 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

MLB please strip Ryan Braun of the MVP 2011 award! 

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:40 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Milwaukee is such a classless organization. The Brewers looked and acted like a bunch of frat boys in 2011. All the way from the anti social behavior of Nyjer Morgan, to the hip hop Fielder, to the cheating Ryan Braun. The team is unprofessional and exhibits no class.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:39 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Its true. The MLB loses all cred. Apparantly nobody can play at that level without roids
There are an lot of players that never used roids,  But most people just focus on the players that fail their blood test.
I don't think that MLB should lose cred, the blame should go to the players that break the rules.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:39 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

My favorite line from the article has to be Braun has no history of PED use.  That is a flat out lie, the first positive test elicts a warning due to the collective bargaining agreement, a second positive results in a suspension.  Nice try cheater.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:37 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

or maybe because he's coming towards the end of his career,i'm not aware of too many guys whose numbers have improved in their mid 30's

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:36 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

As a Brewers fan, this just hits hard. I hope he is the first to break the trend and be able to prove the test was wrong, but I will expect that to happen. I follow the Brewers closely and have had the opportunity to meet Ryan; if he indeed has been cheating, I trully have to believe that most other players are too-and yes that includes the almighty Pujols!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:35 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

dude is just another juicehead cheater.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:33 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

ya rickie has gotten alot bigger and hit a lot more homeruns of the bast few years
I presume that you miss spelled Braun first name, Braun hit more Homeruns in his first 2 season then his last 2. So if Braun is using Ped's then it's not helping him much

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:32 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I understand what everyone is saying. But its not everyone. Look at Ortiz for example. He had a solid bounce back year last season, minus any roids.

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