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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: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

You are correct about that "jack"



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:44 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.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:44 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

You have to be incredibly naive to think a few things here:

1) that Braun could possibly be innocent (he is guilty as sin)!

2) that this was anything other than a case of several Jewish attorneys (check the facts please) sticking up for one of 'theirs'!  I know that's not PC to say; but let's be real...call a 'spade' a 'spade' please...just once! 



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:39 pm
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Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Well said.  I could not agree with you more.  Bruan is a fraud, a cheater and scum in my mind.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:24 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

That's crappy protocol if your company says to take samples home if they can't be mailed immediately. It's obscene if MLB agreed to said protocol. I assume the company is making good money from MLB to test the samples. The fact that your company does not have secure storage AT THE COLLECTION FACILITY is mind numbing. I work in the nuclear power industry where drug testing also occurs (random and for cause) and if proof came out that the specimen was transported to someone's private residence, any result would automatically be dismissed.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Well that is simply an incorrect statement, like Braun's denial.  They will pick up on Saturday but won't deliver till late Monday.<br />




Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Braun is incredibly lucky he isn't black or hispanic or he would be serving his much deserved suspension.  I hate liars, and I hate juicers, but lying juicers like Braun make my skin crawl.



Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Fed Ex information is incorrect

Just go to fedex.com. There are 19 locations within 28 miles that would have accepted the package on Saturday. One that was 6 miles away was open 24 hours. Either this guy messed up or the protocol from MLB for handling the samples hasn't been followed correctly for years in similar cases. It's good to have the issue cleared up. I would not want any sample taken from my body to end up in another person's home. That is completely unprofessional and ridiculous considering the circumstances and what is at stake for the players being tested. Braun deserved to get off. Time will tell if he was a juicer. Production for players taking PED's on a refular basis has almost always dropped significantly after they stopped. My guess is that he took it unintentionally or it was taken to speed up recovery from an injury. I doubt we'll ever know but the end result should be an improved process.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

 I will not be wearing my BRAUN jersey for the first 50 games.  Ryan did take something and won his appeal on a technical point.  Man up Ryan!


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