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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,'s Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn report. has confirmed Braun tested positive, however a source tells'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 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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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:26 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

You're an idiot . Wait until facts come out. Sorry for the blunt response, but really???

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:38 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:17 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

I can't believe so many people come down on these athletes so hard.  They're human.  They make mistakes.  They're in one of the most competitive sports in the world.  I'm a Brewer fan, a Ryan Braun fan and I'm very disappointed to see our spokesman/model of a player test positive for high levels of testosterone BUT, to sit there and use that type of language to describe a man who made a poor decision and got caught is ridicuolous.  I do agree it was a really dumb decision in which stern action should be taken.  50 game suspension and the loss of his MVP awardis would be a fitting punishment but, he's young and people sometimes forget that.  I think he's a stand up guy and will be able to handle himself and bounce back from this to still play at a very high level.  What he does from here is the mark of a great man and a great player.  GO BRAUN GO!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:52 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Because he is....fool.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:46 pm

Test those NOT on roids...

Ya may snag 1 or 2. Even Yaz was on greenies, for 19 years!!!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:16 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Just another low life cheatin b-turd Major Leaguer.. although Ryan Braun clearly is the stupidest S.O.B. of the lot given the history of steroid use in MLB. What an effin idiot!

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:01 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

 Come on! This says it all " and "twice the level of the highest test ever taken."
 Ths guy put something synthetic into his body and got caught. MLB wasn't keeping this under wraps for any reason other than that is the protocol until all appeals have been heard. Sorry braub fan but you;ce got yourself a cheater here.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:16 pm

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

What people don't realize, is that Braun is no dummy. I will almost guarantee that the people who rush to judgement in this case are going to end up looking like idiots. There is a reason that MLB was trying to keep this under wraps, and it's not because they love Braun and the Brewers. Ryan Braun is way too image conscious to get caught with pot or a PED in his system.
You'll 'almost guarantee' that, will you? Not much of a guarantee, is it? Please tell me you don't work for Sears.

What YOU apparently don't realize, is that smart people who are image conscious get caught doing stupid things pretty regularly- does the name 'Tiger Woods' sound familiar? Besides, it's not necessary to get caught with a PED in your system to be guilty of using PEDs by implication, which was the case with Voquez and Ramirez and what resulted in their suspensions. The reportage, if accurate, is that Braun had an abnormally high testosternone level, high enough that it warranted a follow-up test to determine the source of the teststerone, which resulted in a finding that it was synthetic. Not something that his body just happened to produce but something he put into his body.

Do you think someone who is no dummy, as you say, and way too image conscious to get caught, may have thought he was smarter than he actually was, at least in this regard? It wouldn't be the first time.

This news couldn't come at a worse time for Prince Fielder, who by association will now be under suspiscion, as will other Brewers, such as Rickie Weeks.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:10 pm
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