Ryan Braun’s name is on pieces of paper (and that’s about it) | Disciples of Uecker

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This feels familiar, doesn’t it?

For the second straight winter, Ryan Braun’s name is being mentioned in a PED scandal — this time with the Biogenesis lab in Miami that had everyone talking about Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Gio Gonzalez last week.

The Miami New Times didn’t mention Braun’s name in their initial report because, well, there’s no actual evidence of Braun getting PEDs from the lab. But hey, don’t let that stop you from running the story about nothing, Yahoo!:

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.

At least two other documents in the trove given to the New Times by a former Biogenesis employee mention Braun. In one, his name is on a line, with “RB 20-30K” on the next. Bosch listed the amount of money owed by other players in similar notation, though the numbers were usually lower.

Later in the document are multiple mentions of Chris Lyons, one of Braun’s attorneys during the 2011-12 offseason when he fought a positive drug test. While Braun never contested the findings of the test, which found elevated testosterone levels in his urine, a 50-game suspension was overturned after chain-of-custody issues arose from the test-taker keeping the specimen in his basement over the weekend instead of immediately shipping it to a testing lab. Braun denied use of testosterone publicly.

First, an aside — it’s lovely that people are still using the “he never contested the results of the test” line. As we’ve already spilled too much digital ink explaining, Braun’s defense team used the line of argument most likely to get the decision overturned. Why waste time making an argument that’s extremely difficult when there’s an easier argument to be made?

Second, you could probably stop reading the Yahoo! article at the “not listed to any PEDs” line. There’s nothing more than an insinuation here. The lab was claiming he owed money, but unlike anyone else on the list, the documents didn’t have a drug listed next to his name.

Oh yeah, it turns out there’s also a plausible explanation for being mentioned:

“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 why my lawyer and I are 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.”

It’s a response that would seem to make sense, and one that also explains why Lyons’ name was included in the documents. Whether or not you actually believe it probably depends on whether or not you believed Braun last year.

While the statement addresses questions on this case, it probably won’t be the last we hear from this story. At the very least, Braun is going to have to go into image-repair mode again. If you have any doubts on that, just do a Twitter search for his name.

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  1. Jesse says: February 5, 2013

    This whole situation is a lot better than last year at least….there’s no evidence of any wrong doing but it is still suspicious

  2. Nicholas Zettel says: February 6, 2013

    Well, this blows Bosch’s cover. Apparently he believes the report is full of inaccuracies, too…

    “A spokesman for A-Rod told The News on Tuesday that Rodriguez has never been advised or treated by Bosch. Bosch’s lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, issued a statement late Tuesday that said the New Times article was “filled with inaccuracies, innuendos and misstatements in fact. Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated or associated with him.” She did not return a call for comment from The News on Wednesday.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/drug-clinic-blight-miami-neighbors-article-1.1251872#ixzz2K80otvaN

  3. Dan says: February 6, 2013

    Bratwurst Boys- Hes a user

    • Henry says: February 6, 2013

      Yup, you’re right. Mounds and mounds of evidence to support that. Definitely undeniable.

      *eye roll*

  4. Dan says: February 7, 2013

    Hey the pirate Henry is back- The original Moron who sung the praises of Francisco Rodriguez and Nyger Morgan- I think Bud you need to get back in the sauna with your buddy Chris

    • Henry says: February 7, 2013

      I sang their praises? No, I defended Melvin bringing them back after the seasons they had in 2011. I am sorry that you are wrong.

      Also, I appreciate that you capitalized “Moron”. I think that shows some measure of regard for me, no?

  5. Dan says: February 7, 2013

    Your final comment is right- No- If you think Braun was not a user you are even dumber than I thought. He went to Bosch for advice- Yeah right Bud- Go back in your fantasy land with your buddy in the sauna

  6. jack says: February 7, 2013

    I agree with Dan- What kind of idiot is this Henry character- Raised eyebrows about the Braun case. Get out of your dreamworld Henry

    • Henry says: February 14, 2013

      Based on the grammar patterns, I’m guessing Dan and Jack are the same person. Kind of sad that you have nobody else to play with so you have to create multiple personalities to come and attack people here :)

      And yeah, until there is hard evidence that Braun was using, I will “raise my eyebrows” (whatever that means — I’m assuming it means thinking Braun is innocent). But as the article points out, Braun’s attorney’s duplicated conditions under which the mis-handling of the sample could lead to the result that was found.

      That, coupled with the fact that he was clean last year and had, perhaps, his best year yet prove to me that he wasn’t on anything.


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