National League 2011 MVP Brewers’ Ryan Braun Tests Positive For Performance Enhancing Drugs

(CBS) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, CBS Sports confirmed on Saturday.   The reigning National League MVP faces a potential 50-game suspension.

ESPN, which reported the story first citing two sources familiar with the case who talked with “Outside the Lines,” said Braun was tested during the playoffs and notified of the results in October. The report adds that Braun is disputing the result through arbitration, which is why Major League Baseball has not announced the findings yet.

Sources told CBS Sports that a decision isn’t likely to come soon.  “It’s B.S.,” Braun told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

A Braun spokesman issued this statement: “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.”

Baseball officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

According to, no player has successfully appealed a positive test in MLB, even after using  In April, Braun signed an extension with the Brewers through the 2020 season.  Braun beat the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp for MVP last month after batting .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, and 33 stolen bases. (read more)

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11 Responses to National League 2011 MVP Brewers’ Ryan Braun Tests Positive For Performance Enhancing Drugs

  1. The official statement issued on behalf of Braun sounds suspiciously like Barry Bonds’ weird, convoluted “excuse” for his juicing.

    Perhaps there is some sort of serial masseuse out there, spreading anabolic-laced cream on the unwitting and unwilling. And perhaps the sun will rise in the west tomorrow….

    If he’s juiced, strip Braun of his MVP award. And while they’re at it, put an asterisk next to Bonds’ sorry-ass name.

    Hammerin’ Hank didn’t need no juice….


  2. Bijou says:

    Dog bites man. ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  3. barnslayer says:

    Yet they don’t test for HGH in the NFL which is a full contact sport. On a broader scale… who cares?!! If congress et al were so worried about “role models” they would go after the scum in Hollywood and within their own ranks.
    Regarding Ryan Braun I say… PLAY BALL!!!!


    • It’s not the ‘role model’ aspect at all. It’s the cheating aspect. And, young players see this and take it as tacit approval to use HGH and other dangerous drugs.

      And…. baseball is a monopoly authorized by Congress. And yes, I think hearings are ridiculous; if they get Clemons for lying to Congress, get Holder and everyone in Justice who has also lied.


      • barnslayer says:

        I figure the cheaters are always going to be a step ahead of the test methods. Cheaters are wrong for breaking the rules but some of the rules are not laws. If a substance is illegal the local police should make an arrest. The guidelines also seem to be ill-conceived as well. I can use steroids or HGH under MD supervision following an injury or surgery but professional athletes it seems cannot. Otherwise it’s getting a bit tiresome. Everyone swears they are clean until they write a book or get a tell tale illness.


        • He got caught. Hold him accountable. Otherwise, MLB has just said it’s okay to cheat. While they’re at it, take away Bonds’ post-steroid home runs. Sure, it’s only baseball, but to some of us, baseball has been very important in our lives.

          Speaking of ‘juice’, old Jack La Lane lived to be what, around a hundred, using that other kind of juice.


          • As a kid my clothes had red clay/sand embedded so far into the fibers it was futile for mom to try and remove. Baseball was everything to us, everything. Heros and villians were played out from the Newspapers, Radios, and TV into the local diamond filled with similarly clothe colored misfits with a baseball connection. We painted our heros numbers onto the T-shirts that mom would allow because we could not afford jerseys, and we acted as if…

            We were usually one strike away from the pennant when we stepped up to the plate with the ghost man tying run on third. We were all batting champions and gold glovers as we squinted from the sunset between short stop and second base.

            And in the time between the pitchers release and our thunderous swing for the fence everything was right with the world. In that moment Joey’s mom and dad were not getting divorced, Sam’s pop still had a job, the fridge and pantry were full, and teachers refused to hand out homework….

            ……..yeah, baseball has been very important in our lives….

            I wish the Ryan Braun’s of the world would cherish that. 😦


            • garnette says:

              I once saw a video on tv when a player retired from the majors. As a gift he received two hunting dogs (and maybe a rifle.) It was a time when men played because they loved the game and it was a second job to them because off season they had to work to support their families during the season. Sadly, the game has become about the money and the love of the game is gone (as has the ability of families to afford to be able to go to a game.)


            • barnslayer says:

              I’m guessing the use of steroids HGH etc is more widespread than any of us outsiders might know. The stakes are high. The same mentality that enables a kid to rationalize cheating on a school exam is present here. Honor is not valued in these cases. If you’re taught otherwise it’s difficult to stay on the straight and narrow. But go ahead moms, dads, coaches, teachers, media faces and elected officials. You go ahead and keep teaching kids that God isn’t there. Keep removing all reminders of Him in your kids lives. Teach the kids nothing matters except what you can get for yourself. When they stab you in the back or pull the plug on you you may realize that you screwed up.


  4. Auntie Lib says:

    I’m not a baseball fan, so those of you who are feel free to disregard my opinion as that of the great unwashed…

    If the use of steroids is banned, then anyone who uses them should be banned from the game, period. You cannot change bad behavior by accepting it. If you really don’t care about steroids, then shut up about it and stop trying to play to the PC crowd.


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