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Victor Conte unimpressed with Ryan Braun

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:01 pm
By Matt Snyder

Many were impressed by exhonorated Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's press conference Friday. Victor Conte wasn't one of those people.

Conte founded the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative ("BALCO") and served time in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering charges back in 2005. And he's not buying what Braun is selling.

Ever since the appeal decision was reported Thursday afternoon, Conte's been firing off tweet after tweet (@VictorConte) in an attempt to make everyone believe that he knows Braun used a "fast-acting testosterone." Here are a few examples:

• "My opinion. Floyd Landis case like Braun case. A & B samples w/ elevated T/E ratio. CIR confirms 'synthetic' testosterone. Lots of smoke"

• "[CIR confirmation is] Carbon Isotope Ratio tests for synthetic vs natural testosterone. Nail in coffin."

• "I believe fast acting testosterone use is rampant in MLB. Even 4 to 1 T/E ratio is easy to beat. CIR screening is needed on all samples"

• [in reply to someone calling him a "joke"] "Maybe the truth about the Braun case is the joke"

• "My opinion. Braun's positive test for testosterone was not overturned. Simply a procedure error was made by MLB. Braun tested positive."

There's more, but I'd rather not continue to give this guy his due. I found the last one I listed especially funny, as he stated that "Braun tested positive" as if that was some sort of revelation. Of course Braun tested positive. That wasn't in question. Braun even discussed that his test came up as positive. The question was whether or not the sample was a legitimate, untainted sample. Conte seems to believe he has all the information here -- as if he was in the lab -- and when someone uninvolved with the process acts like the ultimate authority on the matter, that always feels a bit much for me. I'm not going to pretend I know exactly what happened, but I do know a third-party arbitrator saw all the evidence and sided with a player for the first time ever. Conte believes he knows better. 

Hey, to each his own. Feel free to give as much or as little credibility to Conte's tweets as you wish. We're simply passing them along.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:08 pm

Victor Conte unimpressed with Ryan Braun

@hinkleyhick  I learned something from Conte. I didnt know there was a fast acting testosterone. Interesting. But your right, he is a D-bag.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:41 pm

Victor Conte unimpressed with Ryan Braun

Why would anybody care what a D-bag like Conte has to say? He is an admitted felon trying to do anything to ruin another life like he ruined his own. His credability is nonexistant and for anyone to even report on it is ludicrious.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:22 pm

Victor Conte unimpressed with Ryan Braun

Nothing he says in any of those addresses the question of the sample being tainted...

Everyone knows he tested positive...that's not the question. The question is if the sample was tainted or inaccurate due to mishandling. If you believe Braun is guilty, MLB and the tester are still the ones to blame for this as they failed to abide by the rules THEY put in place.

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