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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: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:39 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Pujols gets the designer stuff that they can't detect.....yet - Braun is a Fraud ala Arod-Bonds-McGwire-Canseco-Sheffiel

d-Clemens-Pettitte....and its bleeping awesome



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:39 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

YOU FAG



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:38 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Your a FUCKN loser. Just cuz your team suk



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:32 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

HAHA what a joke Brewers suck



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:29 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

whoa! am i really seeing football posts on a baseball thread?? get real gentlemen!



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:25 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Braun will NOT lose his MVP. It's voted on by the BBWAA, MLB has nothing to do with it.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:08 am
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Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:56 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

First thing that should be done is to strip the MVP from Braun.  I realize this would be an unprecedented move but it makes a statement.  Second is that he should have to serve the 50 game suspension then play the remainder of the season for no money once the suspension is served.  One full season with no pay.  Making them play one year for free would hurt them financially and that is the only way these guys truly get hurt.

First things first - let's remember that his use is not yet "confirmed" and that is why no suspension has been announced.

Assuming is *does* get confirmed, I really like the idea above of stripping the MVP.  Unlike ideas around "removing stats", for which ramifications to the game's accounting are very difficult, the MVP stripping does two things: it doesn't touch the stats AND it's a highly visible and embarrassing rebuke.  Maybe something along this line can and should be done to all "confirmed" juicers retroactively - much like is done in the Olympics - Let's retroactively take the Silver Sluggers and MVP's away from Palmeiero and Ramirez, etc. and award them to the next (assumed clean) in line.  Just a thought.

However, "playing for free" I can't see happening.  It's simply not part of the CBA or the PED punishment policies.  The 50 games will involve no pay and a 2nd offense ups the ante to 100 games. That's what's been negotiated; that's the current "law".

The way to hurt hem financially maybe is to assure that "standard contract language" gives the team the ability to invalidate the player's standing contract and see if that player, back in the open market, would take a hit in terms of what he'd now earn as a confirmed Juicer.  And if he *does* jump teams, there's an added number of games for the next offense.  I'm not saying such stipulations would necessarily deter Braun (again - *if confirmed*), but I believe such policies might be a stronger deterrent in general.

In the end, though, let's face it: these are a bunch of 20-somethings and 30-somethings, still playing a kid's game for a living.  Despite their agents and opportunities to be "smarter", they still childishly believe they are immune to consequences - till they get caught. 




brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:53 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
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