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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: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:24 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

What a shame that this druggie POS Braun has dragged the name of a good man through the gutter. 

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:54 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Let's also consider that what happened to this colector could happen to anybody that deals with the public in some capacity.

Say you do your job (whatever it may be) correctly and you run into the customer/client that is trying to do something illegal/wrong/etc. and they get caught, but get an attorney that finds a way to present reasonable doubt by placing suspicion on you of doing something wrong in the process, thus getting their client off and throwing you, the guy that did your job correctly, under the bus and into the permanent stain of not being trusted. While the people around you may agree that you were right and did everything correctly, don't let something happen again.

Consider that before anyone wants to defend Braun. He's the dirtbag that did something wrong and his representation found a patsy that was just innocently doing his job.
This is a classic defense strategy of the guilty. Anyone who has any familiarity with Alan Dershowitz or Johnnie Conchran knows that this is how you fight when you have nothing left to lose- attack your accuser, put them or the so-called system on trial. Whatever you do, do not let the light shine on your actions any longer than possible. Problem is, truth or justice aren't either/or propositions, so just because some other party aparently screwed up, or the system was aparently not foolproof doesn't mean the accused wasn't in fact guilty as charged. I think most reasonable people understand in this case that while Braun was able to convince the deciding member of the appeals panel that there was some doubt about his failed test, this doesn't really change anything. Sure, he gets to play baseball and gets to collect his salary, but the bottom line is he's almost certainly a liar and cheat who behaved dishonorably and without dignity and without class, and he'll never be believed or (maybe) forgiven until some evidence truly exonerating him comes out. Personally I don't care about whether he used testosterone or for what purpose, but if it's against the rules and there are consequences for being caught breaking those rules, a person who has all the honor, dignity and class that Braun claimed for himself will accept the consequences; to do otherwise is to be bum, a moral coward, and a hypocrite. MLB and ESPN don't get off the hook, either, since it's pretty shameful how they handled the suspension and how it was reported.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for OJ Simpson to find the 'real' killer...

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:59 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

i know braun too and he didnt take anything

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:26 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I know the collector personally and would vouche for his character.  I know beyond a doubt the the collector would never tamper with the samples he collects.  I find it apalling that Mr. Braun is such a coward and a liar that he would let the "little guy" take the fall for his actions.  Now I don't know why the sample tested positive, but I do know that it wasn't because of the chain of custody.  The collector is a man of great integrity that has worked very hard for very little to achieve what he has.  Mr. Braun should be ashamed of himself for allowing this witch hunt to end in his innocence and tarnish the reputation of a good man just doing his job.  Mr. Laurenzi, rest assured that those of us that know you understand that you have been used as a scape goat and will fully support you.

I know braun personally and I know he'd never cheat. Also, I know Jesus and he told me to tell you that you're full of it.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:21 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun accumulated his stats with a team that won its division and came within a couple games of the World Series. Kemp played for a team that wasn't in contention and he played for stats. Still a great season, but Braun deserved the MVP.

Speculation is all there is to the urine samples. 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.

Then again, even if the sample WAS Brauns and was accurate, the methods of testing is flawed and this case exposed it. Glad it happened. I don't like cheats, but the telltale signs were all missing in Braun...The accusations are sour grapes. Dropping the race card is an opinion...a weak one at that.    

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:56 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun is a liar.  This guy is clean.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:45 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Yep they said it, Racist.  Are you kidding idiot.  You can't be MVP if your team doesn't make the playoffs.  How valuable can you be if your team missed the playoffs?   Racist?  Wow.....


Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:35 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Racist voters elected Braun?

Did I read that?

Say I didn't read that.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:17 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Heard back in January on local Madison radio that word was that Braun's people leaked the story....

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:15 am

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Hey Don No Matter How RACIST you are , it will not change the fact that OJ Simpson Is Innocent of Murder as ordered by a Jury  ... You can Cry all  want and it won't change it . besides why the hell would you bring up OJ anyway ?

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