Ryan Braun Tested Positive For Prohibited Substance

5:21pm:  According to a source familiar with the case, Braun's original test for performance-enhancing drugs was "insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken," writes Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News.

3:55pm: Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports (in these five Twitter links) that baseball's new CBA contains a provision stating that if a player tests positive for a banned substance, the drug will be publicly announced. The Players' Union could contest the announcement, as Braun's test was conducted under the old CBA, which prevented that information from becoming public. Experts say that false positives are nearly impossible under the carbon-isotope testing performed by WADA. His source also confirmed that MLB has never lost an arbitration case with PEDs. Ultimately, Passan says it's unlikely Braun's appeal will stand, and we'll probably learn which substance Braun tested for.

SUNDAY, 11:50am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that Braun tested positive for a prohibited substance, not a performance-enhancing drug (Twitter link). Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was told the same thing, with his source saying there's "never" been a result like this since MLB's drug testing program began.

SATURDAY, 6:46pm: Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enchancing drug, reports Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN. YokalSports.com was the first to report the news (on Twitter). Braun is facing a 50-game suspension and is disputing the positive test through arbitration.

"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," said a spokesman for Braun in a statement. "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."

Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.

Tyler Barnes, a spokesperson for the Brewers, said the team had no knowledge of the positive test and had not yet been contacted by the commissioner's office. Fainaru-Wade and Quinn say that Braun has told those close to him that he did not knowingly take an illegal substance and hopes the arbitration process proves his innocence. No player has ever successfully appealed a positive PED test.

The Brewers signed Braun to a five-year contract extension worth $105MM back in April, which will keep him in Milwaukee through 2020. He led the Brewers to the NL Central crown and took home MVP honors by hitting .332/.397/.597 with 33 homers and 33 steals this past season. It was his fourth 30+ homer season in his five years as a big leaguer.

Guillermo Mota, J.C. Romero, Edinson Volquez, and Manny Ramirez have been suspended 50 games for failed PED tests under MLB's current drug policy.


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752 Comments on "Ryan Braun Tested Positive For Prohibited Substance"


Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

Uh-oh…

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

“Uh-oh” indeed.

Seems like just yesterday so many of us were talking about what a class guy Braun was…his total respect for the game…how he would never cheat to win a title ‘like José Reyes did’…etc.

Just goes to show you how wrong you can be!

3 years 8 months ago

Tom Haudricourt Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I just talked to someone familiar with Ryan Braun’s positive drug test and he insisted that the Brewers’ star left fielder will be cleared on the appeal process and that this information never should have come out.

jjs91
3 years 8 months ago

How would this chan
Ge his personality?

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Are there no heroes anymore?

brandondc
3 years 8 months ago

Ken Griffey, Jr.

wait_HOWmanyrings
3 years 8 months ago

nah, he tried to kill himself as a teenager (or maybe young player, i forget).

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 months ago

Buh?  I’ve never heard that…

wait_HOWmanyrings
3 years 8 months ago

yep, tried to swallow 277 aspirin pills, would’ve been a whole lot easier to just jump off a building

3 years 8 months ago

it still seems fishy and I and a Red Sox fan

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

This adds a whole new meaning to “BEAST MODE”

Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

Funny that in a matter of days Matt Holliday becomes the best right handed hitter in the NL Central.

furioustoaster
3 years 8 months ago

Or the next guy on this list…

3 years 8 months ago

There are people who would rather have Holliday than Justin Upton, Troy Tulowitzki or Matt Kemp?

Dan Nancarrow
3 years 8 months ago

Upton, Tulowitzki and Kemp are in the NL Central?

wbminn
3 years 8 months ago

NOT ME!!!  Matt Holliday is VERY overrated!!

3 years 8 months ago

Your original post said the best right handed hitter in the National League. Nice try with the edit though!

Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

No it didn’t.

3 years 8 months ago

Your original post said the best right handed hitter in the National League. Nice try with the edit though!

3 years 8 months ago

A big yawn. 

It’s not like the guy was Skip Shumaker before he broke in.

As long as these guys aren’t blasting 60 HRs and turning themselves into action figures, I don’t care.  I’d rather have star players on the field than nursing nagging injuries or playing half speed.

Randolph_Knackstedt
3 years 8 months ago

I personally feel if someone wants to take steroids, then they should be allowed to. BUT steroids does give you more of a performance advantage on them, than off. And there is a risk of screwing up your health. As a former user myself, the media has blown the health risks out of proportion, BIG TIME!!! But there still is a risk.

So if there are rules in place for no PEDS in baseball, then it’s not fair to those who actually follow the rules, and to those not willing to take a risk on their health.

I admit I would love to see the best, most thrilling performances possible on the field, but not at the expense of BREAKING RULES.

Andy Forrester
3 years 8 months ago

Cheating is cool.

liquid4head
3 years 8 months ago

sbmke, you are saying that it is okay to use steroids if the guy is a good enough player that would take him from, lets say, 25 home runs a year to 40 per year, but it is cheating if a better player does it and goes from 45 to 60 per year?  Sounds like you are justifying for Braun while still allowing yourself the moral high ground to condemn Bonds.

es0terik
3 years 8 months ago

Braun was one of my favorite players. This is damn heartbreaking. I hope he’s telling the truth.

“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.”

wrestlingcritic
3 years 8 months ago

If he was telling the truth, this wouldn’t have come up. It would have been settled privately between Braun, his people, and MLB. If it really wasn’t what it looks like, it would’ve been swept under the rug as a false positive or fluke. By the way, this was Manny’s exact argument the first time he tested positive. “Highly unusual circumstances” in Manny’s case was that he had drugs in his system that were used for hormone control in pregnant women.

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 months ago

Possible heavy flows?  Cramps?  By the end of his career Manny was definitely taking about 5 days off a month…

3 years 8 months ago

I wonder what Matt Kemp thinks about all this.

AlliedBiscuit
3 years 8 months ago

the same thing Frank Thomas thinks of Giambi

$21002046
3 years 8 months ago

Like Thomas was clean lol

AlliedBiscuit
3 years 8 months ago

the same thing Frank Thomas thinks of Giambi

Jakmagic
3 years 8 months ago

As a DIEHARD Brewers fan I am shocked! This would be the last player that I would have expected to test positive for PEDs. I am not going to judge him until the Arb case is complete. My opinion is that if it turns out to be true, he prolly ingested them without knowing. That still does not make it right. It will be devasating for us Brewers fans if he is suspended for 50 games. That only makes the pursuit of A. Ramirez and maybe C. Pena that much more important. If the result holds up, I think the MVP should be given to M. Kemp. He does very indeed deserve it if the PED charges hold up. Braun is/was on his way to the hall of Fame if he kept putting up the numbers that he has been. Braun could win more MVPs with the skill set he has. Now that Pujols is gone Braun is the most valuable position player in the National League. This is a sad day for Brewers fans.

tomymogo
3 years 8 months ago

No wayyy…….. Oh god Braun

Joey E
3 years 8 months ago

wowzers

carlos
3 years 8 months ago

Matt Kemp “so um when’s the apology?”

BrocNessMonster
3 years 8 months ago

Send that MVP on down to LA!

CircusFresh
3 years 8 months ago

No doubt,  I thought he should of won the MVP before, but now Kemp deserves an apology.

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

I would test Kemp too . If he passes it , they should give it him . There needs to be more consequences for those who win awards .

ElasticSyntax
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t they all get tested multiple times a year?

jjs91
3 years 8 months ago

At least twice a yr,and thats everyone on the 40

roberty
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah because awards really mean something. 

3 years 8 months ago

Ugh…I thought we were done with this crap.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Hate to say it, we’ll never be done with it.

3 years 8 months ago

I think there needs to be a steeper punishment for it. Personally, I would kick them out of the league.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Would love that but the MLBPA would never let that happen.

3 years 8 months ago

Gee, I wonder why they would be against it?

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Plus there would be no superstars haha

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 8 months ago

My jaw just hit the floor i am shocked.

Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

Take that MVP away!

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

They should .

expos94
3 years 8 months ago

they would have to take pretty much every MVP then from the 90s and early 2000s.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

And what’s wrong with that? Give it to the runner up then, or just take it away completely.

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 months ago

Mostly because it was (unfortunately) an intricate part of the game.  Since writers and fans alike appear to be extremely cynical about the majority of players during that period, how can we guarantee that any of the runners up were any cleaner than the current winners who weren’t tested.

TheHotCorner
3 years 8 months ago

Give it to the runner up?  And you are assuming the runner up was clean? 

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Apparently you’re assuming the runner up then Wasn’t clean

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

And did you miss the part where I added “or just take it away completely”?

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Completely agree.

While it’s a different sport, Bush was about to be stripped of the Heisman award for improper benefits, right before he forfeited it up himself. I wouldn’t have a problem if the same happened to Braun.

Mike Adamson
3 years 8 months ago

Not shocked!!! Dude has roid rage.

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 months ago

Examples?  The monster move shouldn’t count either.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 8 months ago

Holy Crap….I’m shocked…..can we give the NL MVP to Kemp now?

Yanks48
3 years 8 months ago

BRAUN!! HOW COULD YOU!!!

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 8 months ago

Disappointing

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Shocking really.  There goes the Brewers’ season unless this is overturned.

Matt Kemp – 2011 NL MVP.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 8 months ago

I’m glad I didn’t have to take it upon myself to award Kemp the award in this thread :)

dourparoxysm
3 years 8 months ago

HOLY HALIBUT

dpm21
3 years 8 months ago

that’s really upsetting, I liked Ryan Braun a lot

metsfan121
3 years 8 months ago

Damn I liked him too…

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

MVP tests positive for roids. Yawn…how cliche.

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 months ago

You don’t seem like you really like baseball….

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

oh no…not Braun!!!

parkdav
3 years 8 months ago

This is just shocking.

3 years 8 months ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

Is it not too yet to give Kemp the MVP that he deserved in the first place?

The brewers are in some trouble for the first 50 games…ugly middle of the order compared to last year.