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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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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

That's the question of the day right there.
Howcome this got swept under the carpet until the off season??
WHen guys test positive, there is a suspension slapped on him practically immediately. Selig's connection to Milwaukee have ANYTHING to do with that delay?????? Hmmm??

J.C you are too smart to say something this STUPID do you really thing Selig could sweep something like this under the rug?
I just find it interesting that this is coming out in December and not IMMEDIATELY acted upon by MLB in October once they found out about it.
I mean, when a guy tests positive in April, he gets axed... in APRIL, not in July.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Sweep under the carpet was not the right choice of words because it's not been bured. But delay it until the postseason was over?? Something to ponder. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.

Why are you homers without real information saying Braun was tested a second time and tested negative or was not tested a second time at all?????

MLB requested a second test and those results showed whatever high levels of testosterone he had in his body were not made FROM his body, meaning he had artificial testosterone.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:49 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

He should lose his MVP. He didn't even earrn it fairly. Give it to Matt Kemp. He almost won the triple crown.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

If these reports turn out to be inaccurate, then Braun will be owed a huge public apology by a lot of folks.

By who?
People on message boards jumping to conclusions and forming opinions?
ESPN for reporting a news story?
I don't think anyone in any official position has actually branded Braun a user, so no apolgies would be necessary.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Ryan Braun fails MLB drug test

If he tested positive for a PED in the playoffs why is it only coming out now?  Shouldn't a second test been done immediately and the appropriate action(s) been taken by MLB.
That's the question of the day right there.
Howcome this got swept under the carpet until the off season??
WHen guys test positive, there is a suspension slapped on him practically immediately. Selig's connection to Milwaukee have ANYTHING to do with that delay?????? Hmmm??


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:08 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

They need top look at Pujols very closely. There is no doubt this guy is on something.



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

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.


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