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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: Jun 21, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:19 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Per Ryan's agent " There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this INTENTIONAL  violation of the program..."  There does not apprear to be any denial of Braun using something.  I am curious what he was using, and why he was using it.  Let's get some facts first. MLB should be talking to the player ( I hope just not handing out a suspension based on a test w / o talking to the player ) and then make a sound and reasonable decision.  The end result is, as a player, you need to know or should know what you can take and what you cannot take.  That falls on Braun. 

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:16 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I think it was a little blow lol!

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:13 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Things ARE looking up for the Pirates!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:06 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Ok, let me get this straight, Pujols leaves the division, Prince is on his way out, Astro's leaving the division, Braun'll be out 50 games and off the juice and the Cubs are the Cubs.  It looks like the stars are beginning to line up so the Pirates can end the losing streak and rise to the top of the division.  Christmas is coming early this year for the Burgh.  Merry Christmas to all.
I have doubt that the Pirates would end their losing streak, I think that St. Louis and Cincinnati are better teams then the Pirates. The Cubs would be a better team if they Improve their defense and Pitching, I would like to see the Cubs get rid of their LF and get someone who can play defense.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:58 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Job Description : 5 years experience....PED's a bonus

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:41 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

My take on this is this...
If Braun does test positive for a PED, HGH, Steroid, etc. Than strip the MVP.

Matt Kemp is more than deserving for the award with better numbers other than avg. and slg. % but he still wasn't too far behind Braun.

I like Braun and he's one of the most exciting players in the game today, but he kinda reminds me of David Wright, always going to stick with their team, put up good numbers, maybe have a great season.

If he does get suspended 50 games, and if the strip happens, people will cry for Bonds MVPs to be stripped. A-Rod's MVP to be stripped.

I don't think people are going to stop watching baseball but it won't help for the people who think it's boring... 

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:40 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Wow, with a simplistic and no doubt incorrect statement like that, it sure would indicate that shortstop52 is on some kind of controlled substance too.....Yep no doubt the Pie-RATS will win their division, you should hit Vegas asap and bet all you own, and can borrow, on the lowly "Rats, and make more money than Bill Gates. With remarks like this shortstop has a definite talent for being a sport commentator.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:27 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Both that Braun tested positive for a "prohibited substance" -- not a "performance-enhancing drug" or PED. If it turns out that Braun tested positive for a stimulant, something that even former players like Hank Aaron have admitted to taking before a game to stay sharp, the suspension for his first offense would be 25 games.

All while I'm speculating here, other "prohibited substances" include marijuana and Schedule II drugs, would would have been caught in Braun's test, too.

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:26 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

silky smooth 1 i couldn't agree more you are rirht on with this testing, sucks for braun because he asked for a second test that tested negative, when he comes out of this missing no games, his name is still getting dragged through the mud

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:24 pm

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

SUNDAY, 11:50am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that Braun tested positive for a prohibited substance, not a performance-enhancing drug ( link). was told the same thing, with his source saying there's "never" been a result like this since MLB's drug testing program began.

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