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Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:17 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last week Ryan Braun held a press conference to tell his side of his positive test, casting doubt and innuendo on the collector of his sample. He didn't name Dino Laurenzi Jr., but his name came out anyway shortly after Braun's press conference.

On Tuesday, Laurenzi released a statement:
On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that "there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened." Shortly thereafter, someone who had intimate knowledge of the facts of this case released my name to the media. I am issuing this statement to set the record straight.

I am a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and have received Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. My full-time job is the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and an athletic trainer, including performing volunteer work with Olympic athletes. I am a member of both the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association.  
I have been a drug collector for Comprehensive Drug Testing since 2005 and have been performing collections for Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program since that time. I have performed over 600 collections for MLB and also have performed collections for other professional sports leagues. I have performed post-season collections for MLB in four separate seasons involving five different clubs.  
On October 1, 2011, I collected samples from Mr. Braun and two other players. The CDT collection team for that day, in addition to me, included three chaperones and a CDT coordinator.  One of the chaperones was my son, Anthony. Chaperones do not have any role in the actual collection process, but rather escort the player to the collection area.   
I followed the same procedure in collecting Mr. Braun's sample as I did in the hundreds of other samples I collected under the Program. I sealed the bottles containing Mr. Braun's A and B samples with specially-numbered, tamper-resistant seals, and Mr. Braun signed a form certifying, among other things, that the specimens were capped and sealed in his presence and that the specimen identification numbers on the top of the form matched those on the seals.  

I placed the two bottles containing Mr. Braun's samples in a plastic bag and sealed the bag. I then placed the sealed bag in a standard cardboard Specimen Box which I also sealed with a tamper-resistant, correspondingly-numbered seal placed over the box opening. I then placed Mr. Braun's Specimen Box, and the Specimen Boxes containing the samples of the two other players, in a Federal Express Clinic Pack. None of the sealed Specimen Boxes identified the players. I completed my collections at Miller Park at approximately 5:00 p.m. Given the lateness of the hour that I completed my collections, there was no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.

Therefore, the earliest that the specimens could be shipped was Monday, October 3. In that circumstance, CDT has instructed collectors since I began in 2005 that they should safeguard the samples in their homes until FedEx is able to immediately ship the sample to the laboratory, rather than having the samples sit for one day or more at a local FedEx office. The protocol has been in place since 2005 when I started with CDT and there have been other occasions when I have had to store samples in my home for at least one day, all without incident.  

The FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's samples never left my custody. Consistent with CDT's instructions, I brought the FedEx Clinic Pack containing the samples to my home. Immediately upon arriving home, I placed the FedEx Clinic Pack in a Rubbermaid container in my office which is located in my basement.   My basement office is sufficiently cool to store urine samples. No one other than my wife was in my home during the period in which the samples were stored. The sealed Specimen Boxes were not removed from the FedEx Clinic Pack during the entire period in which they were in my home. On Monday, October 3, I delivered the FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's Specimen Box to a FedEx office for delivery to the laboratory on Tuesday, October 4. At no point did I tamper in any way with the samples. It is my understanding that the samples were received at the laboratory with all tamper-resistant seals intact. 
This situation has caused great emotional distress for me and my family. I have worked hard my entire life, have performed my job duties with integrity and professionalism, and have done so with respect to this matter and all other collections in which I have participated. Neither I nor members of my family will make any further public comments on this matter. I request that members of the media, and baseball fans, whatever their views on this matter, respect our privacy. And I would like to sincerely thank my family and friends for their overwhelming support through this difficult time. Any future inquiries should be directed to my attorney Boyd Johnson of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
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Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:32 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering


Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:11 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

karma is a bitch

braun has a terrible injury riddled season ahead of him....

the hammering hebrew  will fall!!!!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:07 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

tjman......He must have taken it on his own because there was apparently no
supervision or agreement by all, otherwise the media would be all over it.
Besides his lawyers wouldn't allow DNA testing so why would they allo lie detector?

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:02 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun did take a lie detector test and passed.  What I want to know is, did the other 2 samples arrive at the same time as Braun's?

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:33 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Plain and simple let's test the guy every day of the season...he has to go anyway LOL.
It would be the correct thing but the beloved union of course won't go for it.
You can bet your bippy he'll be monitored big time and when those numbers go down
we'll know the reason...of course it will be blamed on the stress of everyone watching him.

It should be noted the head cheese for the world (IAC) olympic committee says it is impossible
to have those numbers and tamperization would not affect any of those tests. I believe him and Braun
is a cheat no way around it. He signed the paper that he agreed on how the sample was collected
and sealed right in front of him and there were no signs of tampering. Key word in all of this is

I love this guy who commented he works for FedEx and how they had places open. Interesting
how I have not heard anything to the contrary....we don't even know if this guy evens works
at FedEx.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:39 pm

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

baseball is boring anyway guys.  who cares?  let's grow up.  a grown man may have taken roids or GH.   that shouldnt be a crime, and if against baseball rules, should warrant a shorter suspension.   i like a good pitcher's duel how bout they just let the players juice and move back the walls.  in the stadiums with stands right up against the walls, could they elevate the wall if it cant be moved further back.  these sardine cans with poweralleys only 365 from home plate are the real joke, not players who have big muscles.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:08 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:57 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

he cheated.  There's really no way around that.  Both sides AGREE that none of the players' samples had been tampered with.  Synthetic testosterone does not magically appear in a TRIPLED SEALED test sample regardless of whether its stored in a house, a Kinkos, for two hours, 44 hours, cool environment, or the Sahara desert.
If Will Carroll's (sports medicine sportswriter) statement is true, that Braun's defense team was able to replicate the positive test results starting with a clean sample that was stored for 44 hours in the same conditions his Oct 1st sample was stored, how can you make any of these comments?  Regarding the 'synthetic' testosterone, I heard that comment early in this ordeal but not since.  His positive test was for a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio 3-4 times higher than normal. 

The Braun signature/intitials were on the sealed boxes/bags/container, the sample wasn't tampered with.  But yet the arbitrator overturned the possible 50 game suspension.   I think the arbitrator had more information than anyone on this board and he found reasons to overturn it.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:53 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I see people are questioning if the collector or Braun is telling the truth. My question is what did the collector have to gain by tampering with the sample. Braun has a lot more to lose (millions of dollars) than the collector would gain by tampering with the specimen. Give them both lie detector test and see whose comes back as the truth.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:45 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Fins4 ever...what possible motivation would the collector have to tamper with the sample?  I would challenge you to find a motive nearly as powerful as the millions of dollars in motivation that a ballplayer has to successfully cheat the system.  That is why people don't question the collector's statement.  Clinton told us he didn't have sex with Lewinsky, Rose said he didn't gamble and Palmiero said he didn't take steroids.  Now, in spite of all contrary evidence, Braun expects you to believe him and speaks so eloquently to that cause.  Don't be a sap.

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