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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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Comments

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Sooooooo..... his wife did it! lol



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun = caught cheater
DL Jr. = innocent fall guy for Braun and MLB

If Braun was on the Yankees he would still be getting crucified.  You got caught, MAN UP!



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I'm sorry but the porter is not sitting on synthetic HGH, waiting for player he dislikes or has an agenda against, to taint the sample, nor does the porter does have the ability to put HGH into a sample with out breaking the tamper seal.  Countless Docters have come out and said temp change doesnt matter, and the time left alone doesn't matter.  HGH just doesnt apear in your piss because of shit like that. 

Ryan Braun tested positive and got off on a loop hole because of the $10/hour delivery boy, he was not screwed over by him, he was freaking saved by him.  i wouldn't really care that much, except when braun went on TV preaching about how its a victory for anyone who's ever been wrongly accused... please give me a break ryan, you failed plain an dsimple and you offered nothing that showed me that the piss in the bottle wasn't yours or was tampered with.  the seal wsn't broken, you signed saying it was your piss.  you got lucky cause the porter f'd up and thats all. 

roger clemens got off in a court and so did bonds, but we all know the real deal there as with here. 




Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Where are all the Ryan Braun supporters now???  Still believe there is some grand conspiracy against poor Ryan...or do you now see this guy is a lying scumbag that got off on a technicality and then had the audacity to hold a press conference to profess his "innocence".  YEAH RIGHT!!!  I guess the guy forged his signature also, after he replaced Braun's sample with one that had "the highest testosterone levels ever recorded"-- as all the fraudulent Braun supporters kept saying last week.  Believe whatever you want, but if you believe this guy is innocent (Braun I mean), then I guess that the Easter Bunny will be visiting you in a couple of weeks also!!



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Bet this guy is a Diamondbacks fan or Cards fan. Haha.



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun got off on a techinicality , but what else would he say. (i tampered with the samples ) come on , they need to take samples when they can be shipped right away , why not take the samples saturday morning before the game ? Instead of waiting until after ....



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Losers = The Fans
Once again the fans of MLB have to accept one of their "heroes" is indeed innocent of cheating.  When Braun takes the field this season I hope I can hear the boos all the way in Minneapolis.  He is scum and so are his lawyers.

Winners = MLB
I doubt their sincere efforts to find Braun guilty of anything.  You think MLB wants its current MVP out for 1/3 of the season?  I just lost a little more interest in the Pastime and didn't have much left.

I hope throwing an innocent man under the bus was worth it Braun and Co.  Wishing you all the worst.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

This is so stupid already.  What you expect the guy to say, Yeah, I tampered with the sample for a goof?  Puhleeze . . . move on already.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

He denies tampering with it because he didn't! Sounds like this guy did nothing wrong. What reason would this guy have to mess with the tubes? He has been working there since 2005. Why would he jeopardize his job?  Plus he lives in Wisconsin! If he lived in Chicago, then I could see why he would tamper. JK.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

SMACK... across the face of Braun!
Let's just hope he does not have 'roid' rage after seeing this release!


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