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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: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Dang... thought he was one of the few legit guys that were left in the league. Disappointed. 



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Ouch, so sad



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.



braun juices!!!! that's classic. Brewers are dirty. Guess what, my Reds don't have to juice to be good. Hope they throw the book at this cheater. Hell users shouldn't be allowed to play baseball period. Kick the miserable cheater where the sun don't shine then send him packing.
Except for when Volquez tested positive, right?



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Kemp's taking something too you morons. Quit living in your perfect little worlds where "your guy" doesn't do anything wrong. Pay them 50k a year and I bet you see more beer-bellys out on the mound. This is what the "fan" has asked for. More HR's, Longer HR's, more SB, 120mph fastballs. What do you expect?
   
The Brewer fan in me wants to believe him and it appears that the finding in the test is that of an "opinion" that the levels were high enough that they "had" to be synthetic. 

Stop looking at these players as role models for your kids. You have the responsibility to be that role model. Quit scape-goating
your bad parenting on something/someone else. 


In closing...I always though Ricky Weeks would have been busted before Braun didn't you?      
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Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

How does PED's help a player hit the ball?  It doesn't....hand-eye-bat--that is it...you still need to know when to swing the bat and where to hit it. 
Here's some facts you should be clued in on... PED's increase alertness and self confidence as well as improve concentration... not to mention the added strength to muscle a ball on a jam shot for a hit rather than a weak liner... or clear the fence on a home run that would otherwise been a fly out.  Cmon man, dont be naive.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

How does PED's help a player hit the ball?  It doesn't....hand-eye-bat--that is it
maybe Braun needed some PED's to enhance his eye sight to know when to swing and where to hit the ball.





Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

This is gonna be bad for baseball.After all the news the past few days,baseball is having a blast.What a sad news.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I thought Kemp deservered it also.  SO true.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Yeah, one legal way is having another man shoot some T in his ass.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Innocent until proven guilty...or is it guilty until proven innocent now?  He get's tested in the top 10% due to his status, like Pujols.  He's never tested positive, so why now?


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