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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: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:33 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? 
Does this surprise anyone ? these baseball guys just know one thing, do anything and everything to get to the top
Though I wonder why he's here, and ask myself how you think it's only baseball where this is happening? Take a hard look at football and even hockey where being bigger is neccessary. 

I hope it's not true, but if it is.. I agree with others, he should be stripped of his MVP award. If somehow they messed this up.. (which I dont think they did) his reputation is tarnished forever. If they did mess up though, I would sue the hell out of them if I was Braun.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If the test is confirmed he should lose the MVP. 



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

MVPed ! MVPed ! MVPed!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

before everyone goes and crucifies the guy for using PED's, just know there are ways that are legal that can elevate the body's testosterone levels. one that i know of that alot of athletes use is a hyperbaric or hyperbolic(not sure exactly what its called) chamber. they use them to increase white blood cells in your blood allowing you to breathe easier and better while performing whatever it is that you're performing. it kind of gives you more stamina and endurance cause you dont run out of breathe so easy. now a days since athletes get paid so much, alot of them have a hyperbaric chamber right in there homes. this will lead to high levels of testosterone. i've watched ryan braun since high school and though he has gained muscle and size, he hasnt gained enough to warrant thinking about him using PED's. just a thought



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Im glad reyes took off game after a bunt and won batting title.  What a douche Braun is.  



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:31 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.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

There's always a "highly unusual circumstance" with all of these guys.  Braun isn't man enough to 'fess up.  Hope the 50-game suspension goes through.  That's the least that should be done, considering what he makes per game.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

when you hear news like this one, you can't help but to ask yourself,

who isnt on PED's???

i never really was a fan of brauns game. i just couldnt see how his swing
allowed him to produce MVP #'s. now i see that he needed a bit more to compete.





Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:29 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. 



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I can't wait for Braun to sue the piss out of the 4 letter network for libel after his good name is cleared. The guy is definately not a juicer.


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