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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: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:06 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Good to see Ryan has no issues with throwing a hard working professional under the bus to try to clear his "good" name.  He Ryan, you got caught, but cleared on a false technicality.  Spin it all you want, we all know the truth.  We know Barry did it, we know Roger did it and we know you did it too.  Arod, McGwire, etc tried to hide from the truth, but finally caved in.  You may never get to that point, but you still got caught but were able to wiggle your way out.  Good for you, I guess...

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:01 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

The labels are initialed by the donor.  The system is pretty fool proof.  It would be very difficult if not impossible to tamper with the specimens.  Furthermore, it stayed in the custody of a licensed collector, the person baseball has deemed credible enough to collect, process, store, and ship the specimen.  Would it have been better to let it sit on the shelf at Fed-ex where anyone could attempt to mess with it.  I have collected urine and blood samples for 15 years for the Department of Transportation, local and federal agencies, and employers.  The packaging itself maintains a secure chain of custody.

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:08 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

i know braun too and he didnt take anything  all he took was some fast-acting synthetic testosterone.
There, fixed it up for you, free of charge!

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:00 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun had the only motive to do something underhand. I'm really beginning to doubt Braun's story.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:59 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Speculation is all there is to the urine samples.

Well that and HGH.

 They could have been tampered with. The fact that the numbers were whacked further advances that theory. With the money at stake in baseball, there are plenty of people motivated to cheat. Not saying the guy who took the sample is guilty of anything. He might be, he more likely isn't. But someone in the chain very possibly tampered with the sample. 

So you're saying every player in every sport, and every criminal who tested for illegal drugs should be proven innocent because a sample always has a chance to be tampered with?  And every drunk driver who ever pee'd in a cup?  Wow, you're a smart kid...

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:57 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

one has to wonder how Braun ever got his suspension seems normal weekend protocol was followed.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:40 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Is Braun the hammering Hebrew still?

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:33 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun looks worse now than he did last month...such a piece of garbage Braun is

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:30 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

So that's what it has come to?  An MVP issues an appeal and a tried and true system is simply overturned..........just because??  What am I missing?  Can we really be this stupid and is it really that simple?

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:14 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Props to Mr. Laurenzi for providing his detailed report on the collection procedure.  He had the courage and dignity to not only outline the regualtions and guidelines but to do so in a profressional manner that leaves no doubt as to what happened over that weekend.  He never took a shot at Ryan Braun, the Brewers, or FedEx, and mentions the specimens arrived intact. However, for Ryan Braun to say the system is flawed and hints that Mr. Laurenzi is a possible culprit is just downright wrong.  RB needs to step up to the plate and issue an apology to Laurenzi, CDT, and most importantly baseball fans because his credibility has just been knocked out of the park. 

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