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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 14, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:49 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Something to consider, there are reports that Braun took a follow up test as soon as he heard he had a positive and the follow up test was negative.  I'm not taking a position on what happened or what Braun did or didn't do, but we all know that labs make mistakes. If it is true that a follow up test was negative a week or two later, and his other tests were also negative in the past, then from a jurisprudence standpoint, the positive test carries very low merit and should be questioned.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

His numbers scream PEDs? What does that even mean? Talk about baseless.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:31 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

@brian8ball... That Philly fans must also believe in the Loch Ness monster and the Yeti. Unless Puljos fails a test, something that has not happened, there is zero proof of anything. And , if idiot Philly fans what to think the MLB is protecting players then how would he know which it favors? Because I am sure everyone thought ARod was a fav of MLB. I guess when you can just make things up, then there is no bottom to the depths of stupidity that a person can go to.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:28 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I'm guessing you are not an actual Jets fan because not many people would admit that.  Keep an open mind Vinny.  If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...well you know the rest.  Pujols' physique is grossly enlarged and his numbers scream PED's.  See Bonds and McGuire if you are willing to admit that your favorite player is a fraud. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:23 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

I'm guessing you are not an actual Jets fan because not many people would admit that.  It has never been officially proven that Bonds was juicing either so we just have to go by visual signs and absurd batting numbers.  Also, Pujols looks identical or grosely worse than McGuire and it just so happens that they palyed for the same team.  If you don't want to keep an open mind then maybe you are the ignorant moron Rocco.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:19 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

Ryan Broid



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:11 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

So that's where the beast in "Beast Mode" comes from.  Makes a lot of sense.  But wait, I'm confused.  I thought a guy only gets a 50 game suspension if he is a REPEAT OFFENDER.  I know there's quote above where someone says he has "no history", but if anyone knows the answer to that, please clarify.  In any event, I would like those 50 games to be the last 50 games of the season next year.  And for all those Brewers fans chirping about Pujols being artificially big, now you know the real story.  I'll bet Braun's not the only Brewer, but certainly the most obvious.   Prediction - Braun will end up being more like the next Brady Anderson than the next Albert Pujols.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:11 am
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Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:56 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

So if the only way a positive test comes back negative is either someone else's blood, or he's actually clean, did the thought ever cross your mind that he is clean? Probably not...everyone so enjoys kicking a man when he's down. The past 4 years he has averaged 32 HRs. If he was on some great synthetic, do you really think he would "blow up" to 33 HRs? Unless the assumption was that he just sucks, and has always been on steroids...since high school...which makes sense... I don't know people...just wait and see...let's hear both sides of the story here.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:55 am
 

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

It would be more interesting to hear about players who have never used any PEDs in their life.  I guarantee that they have all tried something illegal in their lives.  The good thing is that there are less guys blatantly abusing the stuff like Bonds and those other freaks did.


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