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From Yahoo! Sports front page.

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Braun tests positive

A new report says that Brewers slugger and NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for PEDs.

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http://espn.go.com/dallas/story/_/id/7338271/ryan-braun-milwaukee-brewers-tests-positive-performance-enhancing-drug

National League MVP Ryan Braun, who last season led the Milwaukee Brewers to their first division title in nearly three decades, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faces a 50-game suspension if the initial finding is upheld, two sources familiar with the case told "Outside the Lines."

Major League Baseball has not announced the positive test because Braun is disputing the result through arbitration.

A spokesman for Braun issued a statement Saturday: "There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

The 28-year-old Braun had to provide a urine sample for testing during the playoffs, and he was notified of the positive test sometime in late October -- about a month before he was named the National League's most valuable player.

The positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system, the sources also told "Outside the Lines." A subsequent, more comprehensive test revealed the testosterone was synthetic -- not produced by Braun's body.

Every individual naturally produces testosterone and a substance called epitestosterone, typically at a ratio of 1-to-1. In Major League Baseball, if the ratio comes in at 4-to-1 or higher during testing, a player is deemed to have tested positive. The sources did not indicate how high above the threshold Braun's sample tested.

AP Photo/Jeff RobersonMilwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun carried the team to its first division title in nearly three decades last season, leading the league in slugging percentage at .597, with a .332 batting average, 33 home runs and 111 runs batted in. To affirm the results and strengthen its case, MLB asked the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal, which conducts its testing, to perform a secondary test to determine whether the testosterone spike resulted from natural variations within Braun's body or from an artificial source. The test indicated the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it came from outside his body.

Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes said Saturday that the team had not been contacted by the commissioner's office and the team had no knowledge of a failed test. Messages left for MLB officials were not returned. Greg Bouris, spokesman for the Major League Baseball Players Association, declined comment.

Since being informed of the results, Braun has been disputing his case. A source close to Braun said that when he was told about the positive test, he immediately requested to be tested again. That second test, the source said, was not positive. Those close to Braun believe that the difference between the two tests will show that the first test was invalid.

The outfielder has told those around him that he did not knowingly take any banned substances and hoped to prove that during the arbitration process. No major league player has ever successfully appealed a positive test.

MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Policy calls for strict liability among players, meaning if a player tests positive, the league is "not required to otherwise establish intent, fault, negligence or knowing use of a Prohibited Substance on the Player's part to establish such a violation."

Even if a player can establish he did not knowingly take a banned substance, he must show he was not in any way negligent to appeal successfully. For example, taking a dietary supplement that contains an unlabeled performance-enhancing drug would not be sufficient grounds for appeal, but if he were to show that he ingested something that was either tampered with or no player reasonably could have assumed to have been contaminated, the appeal might succeed.

The source close to Braun said he believes that standard can be met.

Once criticized for protecting its biggest stars from scandal, the league is now faced with the possibility of suspending one of the game's best and most-admired players.
Braun had never been linked to PEDs previously; in fact, at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, when commissioner Bud Selig addressed efforts by Albert Pujols to tamp down questions about steroid use, he invoked Braun as a shining example of the sport's tough testing policy.

"Albert Pujols is absolutely right. He has been tested since he started playing," Selig said. "So has Ryan Howard. So has Ryan Braun, Ryan Zimmerman. Since they were in the minors."

About a month before that, Selig was quoted in The Arizona Republic as saying, "Our minor league testing program is in its ninth year, and that means all the great young players in baseball, from Ryan Howard to Ryan Braun, have all been tested for nine years. There's a system in place, and it's working. We know we have the toughest testing program in major league sports."

Earlier that spring, after Alex Rodriguez was exposed for using steroids, Braun spoke to MLB.com about the "mistakes" made by the superstar. Braun said he met Rodriguez in 2001 during a recruiting trip to the University of Miami.

Asked if he were surprised that Rodriguez had been exposed as a steroid user, Braun was quoted saying, "I don't know if I would say I was surprised. I feel like it was so rampant, so prevalent, in baseball during that time period that not much surprises me anymore. If anything, I was surprised he got caught, that it came out this long after he supposedly did it."

On whether he had ever been tempted to try performance-enhancing drugs, Braun said, "It's never something that I sought."

MLB.com wrote that Braun then showed "a flash of his sense of humor and his well-documented self-confidence" by adding, "I would never do it because if I took steroids, I would hit 60 or 70 home runs."

Braun was speaking to the website prior to the news conference at which Rodriguez admitted his use.

"... The best thing he can do is come out, admit to everything and be completely honest," Braun said. "The situation will die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth."
Since breaking into the majors in 2007 at 23, Braun has emerged as one of the sport's top young players. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was an All-Star each of the past four seasons.

In his rookie season, Braun hit 34 homers and drove in 97 runs, while amassing a .634 slugging percentage in just 113 games. He had 37 home runs and 106 RBI the following year, then saw his power numbers decline modestly over the next two seasons. He still hit 25 home run runs and had a .501 slugging percentage in 2010.
In April, Braun signed a five-year contract extension worth $105 million. He then went out and had his best season ever, carrying the Brewers to their first division title in nearly three decades. He led the league in slugging percentage at .597, with a .332 batting average, 33 home runs, 111 runs batted in, 109 runs scored and 33 stolen bases.

Braun turned 28 on Nov. 17 and five days later was named the NL MVP. Now, though, he's looking at a 50-game suspension to open the 2012 season, and, of course, all sorts of questions about what role steroids have played in his success.

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The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.



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clawmaster wrote: The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.

Before we jump to conclusions let's give this time to be completely confirmed.

Remember Diana Taurasi. There are flaws in PED testing.

I'm not saying Braun isn't dirty, but not throwing stones at him yet either.



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martini wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.

Before we jump to conclusions let's give this time to be completely confirmed.

Remember Diana Taurasi. There are flaws in PED testing.

I'm not saying Braun isn't dirty, but not throwing stones at him yet either.

That's why I used the words most likely.



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I'm willing to hear Braun's explanation, but I'm not holding out hope for any scenario that will possibly vindicate him.

Personally, this one sucks more any of the other steroid scandals, because I have been a big fan of Braun since he came into the league. I wouldn't have guessed he was a user. Whatever legacy he had built for himself is pretty much screwed now.

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Personally, this one sucks more any of the other steroid scandals, because I have been a big fan of Braun since he came into the league. I wouldn't have guessed he was a user. Whatever legacy he had built for himself is pretty much screwed now.

This is a great point. How can every player in MLB not be a suspect? All's you ever hear is "at least Pujols (or whoever)is clean". Really, how do we know?



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clawmaster wrote: The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.
I'm not since he is appealing it, so no need to release it.  It only got out because someone talked I bet.

Looking at various articles, there is no way he is going to avoid the 50 game suspension though, because the sample was tested twice.

I will give him the benefit of the benefit of the doubt that he didn't knowingly take something,  because of the Starcaps case in the NFL

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mike3775 wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.
I'm not since he is appealing it, so no need to release it.  It only got out because someone talked I bet.

Looking at various articles, there is no way he is going to avoid the 50 game suspension though, because the sample was tested twice.

I will give him the benefit of the benefit of the doubt that he didn't knowingly take something,  because of the Starcaps case in the NFL
The Starcaps had a diuretic not listed on the label which is often used as a masking agent.  It does not raise your testosterone levels nor has any synthetic testosterone.  Not really the same thing.



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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: TXM wrote:

Personally, this one sucks more any of the other steroid scandals, because I have been a big fan of Braun since he came into the league. I wouldn't have guessed he was a user. Whatever legacy he had built for himself is pretty much screwed now.

This is a great point. How can every player in MLB not be a suspect? All's you ever hear is "at least Pujols (or whoever)is clean". Really, how do we know?

Because it came from Albert Pujols' mouth and when I talked to Cardinal fans the week before last, it meant he was telling the truth..

And oh yeah...

"What do I want? Hey, I want to be a Cardinal forever," Pujols said. "That's my goal."



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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: mike3775 wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Brewers are officially fucked. Braun most likely out for 50 games. Big Fat Prince sure to sign somewhere else.

Surprised it took this story so long to break.
I'm not since he is appealing it, so no need to release it.  It only got out because someone talked I bet.

Looking at various articles, there is no way he is going to avoid the 50 game suspension though, because the sample was tested twice.

I will give him the benefit of the benefit of the doubt that he didn't knowingly take something,  because of the Starcaps case in the NFL
The Starcaps had a diuretic not listed on the label which is often used as a masking agent.  It does not raise your testosterone levels nor has any synthetic testosterone.  Not really the same thing.
That is true, but there are products that may not list every single thing that is in them either. 

In the end, the guy is more than likely, going to sit for 50 games but I really do not think he purposely took something considering he has been tested pretty much his entire career


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From Hardball Talk,

Ryan Braun’s testosterone levels were “insanely high,” says source close to the MVP outfielder

Drew Silva

Dec 11, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is passionately fighting a positive performance-enhancing drug test result that would land him a 50-game suspension if upheld at an arbitration hearing in January. His side of the story: the result was false — a false positive.

Braun told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late Saturday night that he’s “completely innocent” of using synthetic testosterone, and now a source close to the 2011 National League MVP has suggested to Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News that the results of the positive test were too high to be taken seriously. As in, they were at a dangerous level.

Here’s more from Thompson and the Daily News:

    Ryan Braun’s original test for performance-enhancing drugs as the playoffs were winding down in October was “insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken,” said a source familiar with the developing case in which Ryan was reported to have tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone caused by a synthetic substance, triggering a possible 50-game suspension.

    The never-before-seen ratio, according to the source, is one of several “highly unusual circumstances.”

Braun will likely enlist doctors and health experts to help plead his case — that an elite athlete wouldn’t mess around with such crazy levels of testosterone. But here’s the other side: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports spoke Sunday with a source connected to the World Anti-Doping Agency — a group of scientists who got a look at Braun’s test sample — and was told that a false-positive is “almost impossible.”

Also, a source told the Daily News that Major League Baseball has never overturned a PED test appeal. Players are 0-for-13. So even if the almost-impossible happened, it might not really matter for Braun.



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They need to take away his MVP award if this is confirmed

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