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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:48 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

BAAAHAAAAAAAA.....well if they can strip Paterno's name off of awards, surely they can strip the MVP award off this PED head



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Selig will never suspend him,just as he hasn't forced the Wilpons to sell.Connect the dots.



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

As a Cubs fan I love it!!!



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW.


Always thought of him as on of the best current players and a LEGIT complete threat. That is over.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

 my Reds don't have to juice to be good.



When have your Reds been good? The 1970's is the last time I remember them being consistently good. Also Reds have failed these tests before.   



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Edinson Volquez ring a bell?  Maybe fat-boy Votto should get on the program!



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Dam, what a shame



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Guess I won't be drafting him in the first two rounds of my fantasy baseball leagues..



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

This is terrible news for the Baseball Community, Jewish Community, and Milwaukee if it is indeed true. You always hope that young offensively dynamic players like Braun are doing things the right way, and with Braun and his appearence. It's not as clear cut if he is using as it would be to spot a Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, etc.


The thing that really strikes me as odd in retrospect is. You have a guy who signed a really club friendly contract with the Brewers until 2020 which was far less than what he could have gotten on the open market. People praised Braun for staying with the team that drafted him. However, if this is true. Wonder if he signed the contract so he could get the guaranteed money after he was spotted? There probably wasn't even any language in the contract about using PEDs because no one in the Milwaukee organization probably suspected him of every doing them.

As the article says "No Player has successfully appealed a positive test in MLB.", but if he is indeed innocent I hope he is the first.

I would also like to agree with TheHubster and others about this is getting ridiculous if this is true. Kids idolize these guys, and what's bad is that if this kind of thing continues. Baseball might go away completely in the not too distant future, because you can't find some role model to look up to in the sport anymore. People's attitude will soon beceome that of, "Why should I go and spend my hard earned money or spend my time supporting something that on it's face is becoming tainted." There are alot of guys who play the game 100% clean, but for those mega superstars whose face and name are out their to even the casual MLB fan. It ruins alot of the game that generations before had set up. Braun is one of the embassadors of this game and even fans of baseball who only watch every now and then know his name. So if this is true, it hurts alot in terms of branding on the MLB. Honestly, Braun is in my top 5 favorite players and if this is true. I will look at him in a different light.


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