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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 7, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If Ryan Braun did test positive for PEDs then he will be suspended for sure for 50-games by Bud Selig no doubt about that. No wonder Braun won the NL MVP & the lowly Brewers made the playoffs only three times in their run down history because they needed Braun to cheat. No way the Brewers win another NL Central title or Wildcard now.



Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I'm a Brewers fan, and Braun by far is my favorite player.  If this is legit, and he cheated, I am done with baseball.  Waited so many years for a winning Brew Crew, and a player like Robin Yount to come along again to the Brewers.  I'm devistated.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I wish MLB would void all contracts and delete all stats from any player that has tested postive for steroids or whatever they call it now. The reason to void the contract and delete thier stats is because to me it is fraud you are selling something that is not legit, so they should void the contract then after the player gets off suspension they are a f/a. That to me would stop alot of players from using steroids because they know they will lose thier contracts and stats, because the suspension doesnt work because they dont care if they sit 50 games after they sign that HUGE contract or broken any records or stats because they know they wont be deleted (Example: Barry Bonds HR record), they are already paid so if you take thier money and stats they might change thier minds. My cents in stopping the steroid use



Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

right, cause the nfl and nba aren't! Every sport is a joke, and the mlb definitely ain't at the top of the list!
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!



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:54 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.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:54 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

not surprised, in hindsight. had him in Fantasy last year, and kept a pretty watchful eye on him. at least 3 times he got hurt (2 of those times it looked like it might be semi-serious), and the guy either missed one game, or didn't miss a game; depending on which of those occasions i'm talking about. loved it for fantasy reasons, but that's just not normal.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:51 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

This will sink the Crew. Prince Fielder gone and Ryan Braun gone for 50 games messes up one of the best 3/4 combos in baseball.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:50 pm
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