Reports: Braun linked to PED lab, denies involvement in statement
UPDATE: On Feb. 15, ESPN.com reported that Ryan Braun's name appeared a second time in documents linked to the Biogenesis lab in Florida. According to the report, "a source familiar with the documents obtained by "Outside the Lines" said the list with Braun's name, which also includes New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli and Toronto's Melky Cabrera, was a list of players who received PEDs, and that there is "no other reason to be on that paper.""
On Tuesday a Yahoo! Sports report linked Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun to a Florida clinic that has allegedly supplied Major League Baseball players with performance enhancing drugs.
The report says Major League Baseball is investigating the clinic and its doctor, Anthony Bosch.
According to the report: "Three of the Biogenesis clinic records obtained by Yahoo! Sports show Braun's name. Unlike the players named by the Miami New Times in its report that blew open the Biogenesis case, Braun's name is not listed next to any specific PEDs.
"Braun is on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo, who the Miami New Times reported received PEDs from Bosch."
Braun released a statement concerning the report later on Tuesday:
"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is what my lawyer and I listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list.
"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.
"I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."
On Wednesday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a statement from Braun's attorney, David Cornwell.
"In the 15 years that I have represented players facing discipline under the various professional sports leagues' substance abuse and steroid programs, I have relied primarily, if not exclusively, on Dr. David L. Black and his team of scientists at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, TN as my experts with respect to scientific and other matters relevant to the testing of player specimens.
"I was not familiar with Tony Bosch prior to Ryan Braun's case. Bosch was introduced to me at the earliest stage of Ryan's case.
"I found Bosch's value to be negligible and I followed my prior practice of relying on Aegis in the preparation of Ryan's winning defense."
This is the second consecutive winter in which Braun has been linked to PEDs. Last winter it was revealed that Braun tested positive for illegal synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason. He was suspended by MLB, but the suspension was overturned on appeal.
Anthony Witrado of the Sporting News then tweeted the following.
I've been told by MLB people that Ryan Braun's overturned suspension sticks in Bud Selig's side.— Anthony Witrado (@WitradoSN) February 6, 2013
And if MLB ever got another chance to pin down Braun, they would "go after him hard and make sure what they had would stick."— Anthony Witrado (@WitradoSN) February 6, 2013
The Witrado notes say it all... Braun's in more trouble for beating the initial rap than anything else. MLB will follow him around the rest of his career trying to avenge that case. He seems like a smart enough guy, so one would think he wouldn't even walk down the same block as one of these labs, let alone openly associate with people tied to them. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Again.
Sandstorm is not going to be happy about this report. :)
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