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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: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:38 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I love the fact that everyone doesn't take Braun for telling the truth but automatically thinks this guy it telling the truth.  Not saying Braun in guilty or not, but who's to say this guy isn't lying about what he did? 
My guess it is because there has been no proof given that the samples were ACTUALLY tampered with.  Braun's entire defense comes down to "the samples were at his house from Saturday to Monday morning" -- that's it, there is no evidence or even allegation that the tamper proof seals were, you know, actually tampered with.  There has been no proof that this collector has any bias against Braun giving him motive to tamper with Braun's, and only Braun's samples.  The collector has nothing to gain by tampering with Braun's samples.  Braun has everything to gain by focusin on when the samples were mailed and making innuendo about what COULD have happened in the interim without giving any proof that anything DID happen to the samples that would cause them to test positive for artificial testosterone when it wasn't really in Braun's system.  Nobody has proven that the collector did not follow CDT's instructions, the instructions he has been operating under since 2005.  

In my opinion, and it is just my opinion, the collector's explanation of events rings a lot more believable that Braun's vague "something might have happened" to the samples without proof in light of the positive test for banned substances.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:38 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

All I'm saying is all the people that make comments of Braun being the big liar have to look at maybe this guy is lying too.  The folks that overturned the ruling had to have something that put a big question mark in their mind about this test in order to overturn it.  If there are so many questions about what this collector did, he could be lying about it to save his own neck.  No one will even know the truth, just like most of the cases.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:31 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

badabing_1, It was Ryan Braun and/or someone from his team who threw the first stone and tried to accuse this guy of tampering.  They got off (on a technicality) but still felt the need to try and drag a man's reputation through the mud just to save his a$$..... I hope your boy get's heckled the rest career. He deserves it, showed no class. He owes this man an apology. He has NO PROOF that this man tampered with his sample, period.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:30 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

So....what is the state of baseball today? Two short stories that say it all for me....

On my way home last night a seasoned national sports talk show host says what many are saying here.....It's an accepted MLB fact...At some point all, if not most ML ball players have cheated or will cheat. Net cause....They take performing enhanced drugs because they are no longer athletes, they are paid to be performers. When owners and players both benefit from enhanced performances by way of post season play, butts in seats, more air play on ESPN top ten....When millions of dollars are at stake, why would we expect anything else to happen? 

Next non-verbal 14 year old son who used to play baseball, who used to revere its players, who is now realizing the way the world really hearing Braun's recent speech,  states matter of factly......"They all cheat. I don't know one of my friends who don't think they all cheat. I don't know what the big deal is. If they really wanted to fix this why don't they just move the fences back?"

Except for the apologists who are somehow emotionally invested in defending their star guy to the death.....Haven't most people who have paid any attention to this over the past ten years landed in either of the two camps mentioned above?

How do you know when a politician is lying? Their lips move.
How do you know steroid using baseball players are lying....Their lips move.

So.....WHY DON"T they just move the fences back?


Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:27 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

are you serious???  the samples arrived with the tape on them.  braun certified that the samples were sealed.  what could have happened to them?? 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:25 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Yet another example of a highly paid athlete (cheater) doing whatever he needs to do to save his own skin.  Instead of doing the right thing and taking his punishment for cheating, Braun decides to discredit a man who works hard for his money.  My hope is he sues Braun for alot of money.  Braun, is a disgrace in a disgraceful league, headed by a commissioner who is blind to drug use and the fact that he has allowed this to go on is almost humorous.  The fact that this has now unjustifiable ruined a mans reputation is sad.  Braun: your a bum

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:22 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I love the fact that everyone doesn't take Braun for telling the truth but automatically thinks this guy it telling the truth.  Not saying Braun in guilty or not, but who's to say this guy isn't lying about what he did?  This whole thing was fishy from day one with ESPN catching wind of it.  I just want the season to start and to forget about all this bs.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:16 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Great the read this. I love the fact that this man came out and didn't let Braun and his team of blood sucking lawyers run his name through the mud. I hope Ryan Braun gets boooooed and heckled the rest of his career. Ryan is as innocent as OJ was in his case. F'ing lawyers and their "technicalities" .

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:12 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

It's an outright falsehood that there were no collection outlets for the sample. This guy should take a lie detector test just as Braun did. Braun passed his. when both people want to rely on their past good name, I'm going to favor the guy that stepped up and took the lie detector test. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:05 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Ryan Braun knows how to make a name for himself. Before I have never heard of him and I'm certain most of the world didn't either. But after this "incident" now everyone knows who Ryan Braun is...a steroids cheater! Good for him. You know what they say..."if you aren't aren't trying hard enough"

He should come clean and admit his wrong doing instead of blaming on the guy who collected his sample. After all storing it in the frdige is the best thing to honestly think that Fedex would have handled that sample with care? LAst I checked Fedex guys could care less about important packages....remeber they Fedex tool who stomped all over someone's brand new LCD monitor/tv? 

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