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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: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:53 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

If Braun is juicing - everyone is!  Looking at these tests it does get a little ridiculous when you see what they consider 'performance enhancing'.  I'm beginning not to give a crap about who's juicing - let them all do it and have an even playing field with a seperate record book for players after 1990.  Start with The Godfather - Nolan Ryan lol!



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:49 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Well I am not shocked that Ryan Braun tested positive for PED's but I am shocked that it took this long to find out.  His name will be forever tainted and questioned everytime he comes to bat.  With that said, he is still a great player and will continue to be one!



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:30 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

2nd test was negative...NO WAY BRAUN is juicing!!!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:29 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I m shocked. Give the trophy back.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:18 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

The first and second test has been confirmed and Braun confirmed being notified of it as well as the team before the playoffs began. They are not allowed to discuss it until MLB makes an official decision on his appeal.

What I am curious about is their statement that guys have tested positive, but won appeals and never got suspended or had their name blasted all over by the media. I wonder who else has failed a test? Prince Fielder? Albert Pujols? Hanley Ramirez? Carlos Beltran? Carlos Delgado? Josh Beckett?



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:13 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Who cares, steroids should be legal anyway.



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:11 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Looking at this guy's pic he would be about the last person I'd suspect was doing any type of steroid or perfromance enhancing drug. Especially compared to other baseball players around the league.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:00 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

There is no way PUJOLS aint a juicer...he like A-Rod will eventually get caught. Watch how his IR trips become more frequent...He's as clean as Sosa...Period



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:58 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

And Pujols isn't doing them either???  Give me a break.  Just look at Pujols and you can tell he's not playing fairly.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:58 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

And Pujols isn't doing them either???  Give me a break.  Just look at Pujols and you can tell he's not playing fairly.


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