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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: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Your anti-Semitic comments are revolting and disgusting. Bigots like you who hide behind their screen name should be permanently banned.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I bought season tickets last year to the Brewers.  Now I feel cheated.  They are trying to sell me tickets for next year.  I DONT THINK SO!!!!!



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:26 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Honestly, if he's on the juice, he needs to get his money back. The guy has the build of a 13 year-old.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Its true. The MLB loses all cred. Apparantly nobody can play at that level without roids



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:22 pm
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Why is A-Rod getting hurt then? The roids.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Then why are you on a sports website?

I am on a sports website because I am a mlb/nfl fan... I was responding to an earlier post of someone who said mlb was a joke... Next time know what you are talking about or mind your own business!  And if you disagree that most professional sports aren't turning into a joke in some form or another, then you are a COMPLETE Idiot!
Like my profile says, opinions are like assholes.. everyvody has one. Doesn't mean it's a fact. 

 Really. Is anyone surprised at this. That's why I laugh at the Angels spending 254 mil on Pujols. Wait til they start blood testing for HGH. Watch the numbers start to fall. Like Bautista, Elsbury, Cano, Granderson etc......just look at ARods numbers. Big drop off after he was linked to using HGH.
I'm sure the league tested more than just one guy than Ryan Braun. Rodriguez we can't deny was using something.. he admitted it, eventually anyways. Those other guys haven't tested positive for anything and WHY any player, especially a superstar would do it and risk losing 50 games of there season and tarnishing there reputation for life is kind of beyond me. It's just not worth it.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Really. Is anyone surprised at this. That's why I laugh at the Angels spending 254 mil on Pujols. Wait til they start blood testing for HGH. Watch the numbers start to fall. Like Bautista, Elsbury, Cano, Granderson etc......just look at ARods numbers. Big drop off after he was linked to using HGH.
Would you still find it funny if Pujols never fail a  test HGH, I have look at ARods numbers and I notice that he has a injury problem the last couple of years. I notice that he miss 150 games the last 4 years, Last season he only played in  99 games. When a player play in fewer games and you have expect his stats will go down, for ARod did his number go down because of HGH issue or that he be playing in less games then normal.


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