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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: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:09 am
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Clergyjack - IF that's the case then the 99 and 2000 Yankees Should Have Their Championships Revoked Because their best Two pitchers where Caught doing Steriods (Clemens and  His Boy Toy Andy Pettitte) and that will never change that OBIVIOUS Fact !!



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:05 am
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Like he is Gonna say  , I tampered with it  LOL .. what I would like to know is he a Diamondbacks fan or Cardinals Fan  ?




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:04 am
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

like I said. I don't believe this happened, but brauns signature is not on the actual sample so he signs the form and all the collector has to do is put the real labels on the tainted sample and send the signed part into mlb making the numbers match. Lester Munson even stated that a motivated person could in fact somewhat easily tamper with the sample. as far as what is the motivation? I dont know, but it could be anything. Maybe the guys in debt, maybe he's having an affair. Maybe he wants his kid to get a tryout or a minor leage deal.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:34 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun is full of himself and the idea that he is the MVP......KEMP IS THE MVP....in the minds of the people.  RACIST voters elected Braun, but so be that it may.....Braun failed the test.  Plain and simple.  It has been a PR move by Braun and his attorneys to cover-up the idea that his urine was clean.  The test is the definitive answer to the question.  BE REAL PEOPLE AND DO NOT BE FOOLED BY SOME ADVERTISING AND PR WORK.....I qould not associate him with OJ Simpson, but more with McGwire Bonds, basically doing a PR job at denial.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:21 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun could get all of Israel...and Brooklyn for that matter...to take his back!

But it will never change the obvious Fact:

GUILTY OF CHEATING...MVP SHOULD BE REVOKED TOO! 



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun is a cheat and a lier that is a fact. There is no reason that anybody would tamper with his sample and he knows it. he took the substance and will be guilty in the public oppion for the rest of his playing days as he well should be. You and OJ are guilty as hell braun. You are not fooling anybody but yourself.
Hey.  What substance did he take to make him a cheat?  Oh...you don't know?  Oh ok. 




Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:13 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Ryan Braun stuck his foot in his mouth and look what came out...

 "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." 


Issuing a statement without consulting a lawyer was a horrible mistake by Braun,because of that,the rest of his MLB career will become a living nightmare. 



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:55 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

First of all Braun never mentioned this man's name, and when he was asked to he declined because he didn't want to bring Mr. Laurenzi into it. Also your friend collected the samples at 5 PM and brought them home because eh though FedEx would no longer ship. I work at a FedEx in Milwaukee and all of our locations continue to ship our deliveries, and load them on trucks until 8PM. I'm not saying Mr.Laurenzi tampered with the samples, but he could have brought them to FedEx. By bringing them home and not deliverying the samples until Monday afternoon, he did indeed break the chain of custody.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Not saying that his statement is legitimate,

 "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."

However, he never said there was not FedEx that would accept his package.  He said there was no FedEx that would SHIP his package on late Saturday or Sunday.  

Your comment,

"There are 19 locations within 28 miles that would have accepted the package on Saturday" is off target.

I agree their protocol is flawed, but don't blame the guy who followed the protocol to the letter. 



Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:46 pm
 

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. 


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