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Saturday 05, Apr 2014

  Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

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Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have decided it is time for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association by announcing longer suspensions for violators and other reforms.

According to the announcement, a first violation for performance enhancing substances will result in an unpaid suspension of 80 games increased from 50 games. A second violation will now carry an unpaid suspension of 162 games, which would be increased from 100 games while a third violation will still result in a permanent ban from Major League Baseball.

It was also announced that baseball players suspended for doping will also be barred from participating in the post-season of that year, irrespective of when their suspension ends. Moreover, these players will not be eligible for automatic shares of the players’ bonus pool provided to players on clubs that make the playoffs. Players who face suspensions for doping will now be subjected to six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests, all unannounced during every subsequent year of their careers.

The number of in-season random urine collections beginning the 2014 season for all players will more than double from 1,400 to 3,200. Meanwhile, blood collections for detecting the use of Human growth hormone will increase to 400 random collections per year. The Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association provided the Arbitration Panel with the ability to reduce the discipline of a player, subject to certain limitations, for the use of certain types of performance enhancing drugs if the player is able to prove at a hearing that the use was not intended to improve performance.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Major League Baseball is proud to announce some of the most significant improvements that we have made to our program in recent years. Selig added he is committed to constantly finding ways to improve the program in order to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the game and for MLB to serve as a model for other drug programs. Selig said baseball continues to try to escape the cloud of more than a decade of doping scandals despite having the toughest anti-doping policies in all of US pro sports.

Players’ union executive director Tony Clark said experience proves that increased penalties alone are not sufficient and added that’s why the players pushed for a dramatic increase in the frequency and sophistication of our tests, as well as comprehensive changes in a number of other areas of the program that will serve as a deterrent.

Last year, MLB imposed lengthy suspensions and fines on some of the most eminent baseball stars, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for their involvement in Biogenesis clinic scandal. Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was suspended for 162 games, keeping him off the field for the entire 2014 season. This was after Alex Rodriguez, considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was originally suspended for 211 games by MLB.

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Sunday 13, Oct 2013

  A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

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A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is trying every book in the trick to get his 211-game suspension behind him. The baseball star and his lawyers have presented a case which is partly based on the idea that the baseball’s highest-paid star procured substances from the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic assuming they were innocent legal supplements.

Meanwhile, Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s publicist, said we cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true.

In August this year, A-Rod was suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig after it was found that Yankees’ star bought banned performance enhancing drugs from the Miami clinic and even tried to intervene in investigations. His recent claims conflict with those of Anthony Bosch, the founder and proprietor of Biogenesis. Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB and has already validated a wide range of documents and electronic communications with Alex Rodriguez. The MLB believes that A-Rod is now finding ‘ways’ to get the ban turned down and argues that why where the transactions kept so secretive and the cost of products were so high if Biogenesis products were legitimate.

Rodriguez’s attorneys are likely to attack the credibility of Bosch and may point that he was paid for providing evidence to MLB and was offered to being dropped from the probe if he extended cooperation to MLB. It is also believed that they may pinpoint that Bosch is the subject of many federal and state criminal investigations in Florida and the Florida Department of Health even fined him $5,000 for holding himself out as a doctor.

A-Rod was among 14 players penalized by the Major League Baseball for violating the anti-doping policy. Some of the other suspended included outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas, Ryan Braun, and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Braun accepted a ban of 65 games while 12 other players accepted a punishment of 50 games without waging an appeal. If A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, it will be the longest non-lifetime suspension in the history of baseball.

Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs and the youngest to hit 600 home runs.

Hispanics Across America, a non-profit group involved in political issues, is extending its support for Rodriguez and distributed white T-shirts with Rodriguez’s No. 13. Fernando Mateo, the organization’s founder, said we support A-Rod and want to send a very clear message to Major League Baseball. Mateo remarked MLB commissioner Selig is pursuing Rodriguez out of concerns for his legacy as he is retiring after next season and added we are not going to allow them to suspend A-Rod for 211 games, take his head and put it in the living room of Bud Selig’s apartment so that he can use that as a trophy as he’s going out.

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Monday 07, Oct 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball accusing the league of allegedly buying the testimony of an important witness in the doping case built against him. The filing was made by the New York Yankees star in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing made by Alex Rodriguez claimed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and others in the organization are making attempts to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez. The baseball star claimed MLB paid $150,000 for records from the clinic and is paying Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic accused of selling banned performance enhancing drugs to many baseball stars, $5 million for his information against Rodriguez

The 38-year-old third baseman was recently banned for 211 games by the MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal. MLB commissioner Selig said A-Rod tried to impede the investigation in which 13 baseball stars including 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun were suspended for at least 50 games.

Rodriguez, with 654 home runs to his credit, appealed against the ban and was able to take part in the final weeks of the season. A decision on his case is believed to happen before the start of 2014 pre-season workouts. The Yankees’ star didn’t mention his team in the lawsuit that seeks damages that would be determined at trial. A-Rod, in his lawsuit, remarked the MLB commissioner wants to make him an example to gloss over the past inaction and tacit approval by Selig of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball in an attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime.

Rodriguez also said Selig turned a blind eye to doping in baseball to help it recover from a labor dispute that wiped out the 1994 World Series and reversed course only US lawmakers put pressure in 2006. The star baseman also remarked MLB has league damaging information about Rodriguez to the media, which is a violation of confidentiality agreement and that investigators have bribed and intimidated witnesses and even impersonated police officers.

In response to the lawsuit by Alex Rodriguez, MLB issued a statement claiming Rodriguez has violated confidentiality agreements as well as doping rules. The statement reads that this lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The statement also said that while we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the basic agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.

Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Tuesday 03, Sep 2013

  Ryan Braun Admits Doping

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Ryan Braun Admits Doping

Ryan Braun has admitted to using banned performance enhancing drugs and apologized for his behavior. According to friends of the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder, Braun was expected to make a public acknowledgment of the fact that he doped during the 2011 season in which the honor of National League MVP came his way.

Braun explained his reasons of using banned drugs and apologized to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, among others, for lying about his doping past. According to sources, the baseball slugger has already had a word with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The first Jewish baseball player to win the Most Valuable Player award in decades was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. In 2006, Braun was Milwaukee Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year and made his major league debut in 2007. He is best described as a 5-tool player for his ability to excel at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities. Braun was named “National Freshman of the Year” at the University of Miami and a first-team “Freshman All-American”, by Baseball America in 2003. Ryan Braun was also named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. In July 2007, Braun became the fastest in Brewer history to hit 10 major league home runs, doing so in 38th game and hit his 15th home run in the 50th game of his career, and his 20th in his 64th game. Braun won the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award beating Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in the closest NL vote. In 2007, he was voted the NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year by 488 major league players and 30 managers.

The American baseball left fielder and third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball is presently serving a suspension of 65 games from baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The slugger accepted the ban imposed by MLB after he was shown the evidence gathered by Major League Baseball against him. Braun is also expected to issue an apology to sample collector Dino Laurenzi as Braun “wrongly” appealed a suspension of 50 games after the 2011 season and doubts were created by Braun’s legal team about how his urine sample was collected.

The suggestions of Braun making an apology came after members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle gathered and leaked documents that demonstrated that A-Rod implicated Braun and other players in using banned performance enhancing drugs. The report was however denied by Rodriguez and his lawyer.

Braun may have to face many legal issues, including a filed suit by his longtime friend for defamation. Ralph Sasson accused Braun of doping through his years at the University of Miami, committing academic fraud, and accepting money while being a student. Sasson charged that Ryan Braun defamed him after he provided help in his successful appeal of the positive steroid test of Braun in 2011.

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Sunday 28, Jul 2013

  Baseball Players Outraged At Doping Scandal

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Baseball Players Outraged At Doping Scandal

Baseball players, protective no more, are demanding harsher suspensions for those caught cheating. This was as soon as Ryan Braun accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension rather than fight Major League Baseball over evidence that he made use of performance enhancing drugs.

With this silent admission, Braun has lost a great deal of his credibility as well as more than one-third of a season. The worst thing that came up was Braun still considers himself to be above the rest as there are no details about all the performance-enhancing drugs the league knew he had used and there have been no straightforward admissions of guilt. The 29-year-old outfielder has never registered less than 25 home runs and 97 RBI in a full season, and he also sports a .312 career batting average and won the 2011 NL MVP award. His 2013 season was riddled by injuries, but he still managed to hit .298 with nine homers and 38 RBI through 61 contests.

Braun lost his deal with a chain of convenience stores as soon as he was suspended. Gary Gonczy, director of marketing and advertising for Kwik Trip, Inc., was quick to remark that his company will no longer use Braun as a spokesman.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher CJ Wilson said drug cheaters are lying to their fans, teammates, GMs, and owners and will get caught. Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers remarked that he is let down by Braun and said watching him talk right now makes me sick. He went on to add that he has autographed Braun jersey in his baseball room that he’ll be taking down and said he doesn’t want his son identifying what h he have worked so hard to get to and work so hard to have – he don’t want him comparing Braun to him. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished second to Braun in the 2011 MVP vote, remarked Braun should be stripped of the honor and said he doesn’t think anybody likes to be lied to, and he feels like a lot of people have felt betrayed. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the 2011 MVP Braun was guilty as one doesn’t accept a deal unless he is guilty.

The Major League Baseball’s recent investigation into the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis brought suspicious eyes to more than a dozen players, including three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero. Many believe that A-Rod can expect a much harsher penalty than the one Braun agreed to while his team expect Rodriguez could be accused of using PEDs over multiple seasons and of recruiting other athletes for the clinic. Alex Rodriguez may also be accused of attempting to obstruct the investigation of MLB and of not being truthful in the past with MLB when he discussed his relationship with Dr Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a US federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs from Canada into the United States.

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Saturday 27, Jul 2013

  Ryan Braun Suspended Without Pay

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Ryan Braun Suspended Without Pay

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun, a former National League MVP, has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season. The player later admitted that he “made mistakes” in violating Major League Baseball’s drug policies.

The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the post-season after being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs. A 65-game ban, 15 games more than the one he avoided last year was accepted by Braun. Last year, an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.

In another development, Matt Kemp who finished second behind Braun in the race for the 2011 National League MVP Award wants Ryan Braun stripped of NL MVP award following drug suspension. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said the suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger should be stripped of the honor and said people feel “betrayed” by Braun.

After the suspension news broke out, Braun said he is not perfect and realize now he has made some mistakes. He also remarked that he is willing to accept the consequences of those actions. Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said for these guys still to be involved with this stuff just baffles him and added that the education is there and everybody knows what you can and can’t take. Redmond said it baffles him that this continues to be a black cloud over the game and said he knows that Major League Baseball has done a great job of cleaning up the game and the testing policy and all that and it’s working. But he added that at the same time, too, it seems like we’ll go through a lull and then, bam, here comes another guy that gets suspended and it’s got to stop.

In January this year, Miami New Times reported that Braun, injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and more than a dozen players were connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced the penalty for Braun citing the outfielder for unspecified “violations” of both baseball’s drug program and labor contract. The 29-year-old Braun was hitting .298 with nine homers and 38 RBIs this year and will miss the Milwaukee Brewers’ final 65 games without pay, costing him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin said he is disappointed as Braun is a very important player to our organization and to the ballclub and to our performance on the field. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice-president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement, we commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions and added that we all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. He added we look forward when Ryan returns to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.

Other players tied to Biogenesis in media reports include Melky Cabrera, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero.

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Friday 26, Jul 2013

  Hefty Doping Ban Expected For Alex Rodriguez

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Hefty Doping Ban Expected For Alex Rodriguez

Former Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Fay Vincent says he has a feeling that Alex Rodriguez could be in for some harsh treatment. Vincent, though privy to details of the latest doping sweep overshadowing the sport, said his current MLB chief Bud Selig may decide to make an example of the famed New York Yankees slugger.

MLB’s active home run leader and highest-paid player, Rodriguez, has been implicated in a scandal that has already resulted in former National League MVP Ryan Braun being suspended Monday for the rest of the 2013 season. Braun decided not to contest the case made against him by MLB investigators and accepted a 65-game ban, plus any potential playoff games.

The 75-year Vincent remarked it seems to him that A-Rod is trying to make a deal like Braun and he thinks he’s trying to make a good deal and added that he doesn’t think a good deal is do-able. The ex-MLB chief said his guess is that A-Rod is going to be out for a very long period of time and it may be that his case is worse (than Braun) and if it is, they may be telling him he may be out for good and that’s a deal he can’t make. Resolution of the cases tied to the now-shut Biogenesis clinic in South Florida was an important step in the fight against doping, says Vincent and added that the performance enhancing drug problem is a threat to all of competitive athletics, from the Olympics to cycling to all sorts of sporting events that are threatened to the extent we let people use performance enhancing drugs. The former commissioner praised the cooperation of the players’ association and its chief Michael Weiner in the current doping case and said stamping out doping would have a fighting chance if the players joined team owners as partners in MLB, in contrast of their approach to the way the player’s association fought him in 1990 when he wrote a commissioner’s memo about the dangers of steroids to the game.

Rodriguez admitted before the 2009 season with the Yankees that he had used anabolic steroids earlier in his career and he according to media reports may have more evidence stacked against him than the MLB probe unearthed on Braun. The 38-year-old Rodriguez is guaranteed about $100 million on a deal that runs through 2017, with an additional $30 million in a series of home-run milestone bonuses due, if he reaches them. Vincent said he can see a very, very tough result for A-Rod that may be cushioned a little bit by a deal on the money side but he doesn’t see Bud giving A-Rod much of a deal and that will send a message that one of these days I’m going to throw someone out for life and we’re not going to have this anymore. Vincent added that would be a very popular move and he thinks it would really go a long way to putting his legacy in very strong shape.

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Monday 15, Apr 2013

  Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

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Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

The investigation by Major League Baseball of an anti-aging clinic that was linked with the supply of performance enhancing drugs to baseball players has taken a new turn with the office of the commissioner paying a former employee of the facility for documents related to the case.

Reports also suggested that at least one player, possibly Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) linked to the clinic has purchased documents from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them. Many other players have also made attempts to buy the potentially incriminating documents related to the baseball doping scandal to keep them out of the hands of baseball’s investigators. The New York Times first reported the purchase by MLB and added that MLB investigators have ”what they believe is evidence” that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records. Although the information received by MLB regarding Rodriguez seems credible, it has no hard evidence to connect the Yankees star to such a purchase, according to ESPN. But A-Rod’s problems can resurface if the Major League Baseball can obtain either physical evidence or sworn statements, in which case the baseball player could face suspension from baseball, and could also face possible criminal charges.

The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth’s record by over a year. The star baseball player has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

Since baseball has no subpoena power, its officials were compelled to pay money for documents as its officials had been concerned that more than one player was trying to do the same. The payments are not expected to exceed several thousand dollars.

The now-closed South Florida clinic that operated under the name Biogenesis of America is suspected of providing performance enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, and Yasmani Grandal and even Ryan Braun.

Previously, a request by Commissioner Bud Selig through two of his top deputies — Rob Manfred and Pat Courtney – was declined by the Miami New Times that was first reported the case after which the MLB filed a lawsuit against six people with connections to the Biogenesis clinic. In the lawsuit, MLB accused the clinic of damaging the sport by providing players with banned substances and the banned drugs supplied included testosterone, human growth hormone, and human chorionic gonadotropin.

In the past, Alex Rodriguez was linked to a Canadian doctor who pleaded guilty in the United States to offering banned substances to players. The Yankees player met with baseball investigators on the matter and denied taking any banned substances from the doctor but his claims were somehow insufficient for the authorities though the federal authorities did not provide all the facts of the case.

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Saturday 25, Aug 2012

  Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test

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Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test – Cliff Notes
 

Bartolo ColonOakland Athletics’ right-handed pitcher @Bartolo Colon has been suspended for fifty games after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The suspension was announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball (MLB).

In a statement released through the MLBPA, the 39-year-old Colon rendered an apology to his fans, teammates, and his team while accepting responsibility for his actions. Colon added that he is ready to serve suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.

The suspension of Colon was the second ban of 50-game imposed by the MLB this week after Giants’ All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone last week.

Bartolo Colon has a career record of 171-122 and a 4.05 ERA and signed a $2 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, his seventh Major League team, for a period of one year. His failed test for testosterone immediately led to the removal of his belongings from his locker at Oakland Athletics and his nameplate was also taken down.

A person familiar with the suspension said the baseball pitcher has not filed grievance at all and added that the Major League Baseball had not found any links between Colon and Cabrera at this point.

Joseph R. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon in Florida, had revealed last year that he assisted a team of doctors in Dominican Republic with the treatment of Colon and added that he had used human growth hormone in the procedure, but not in this case.

The former Cy Young Award winner joins San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season with the suspension announcement. Colon would be missing the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the post-season if Oakland gets that far. If not, any reminder of the suspension would be served in a future season of another league contract is signed by Colon.

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In a statement, Oakland Athletics said the team is really disappointed to learn of Colon’s suspension as he was one the team was relying on. The place of Colon was given to Tyson Ross by General manager Billy Beane. Colon has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons and the right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award when he was the Los Angeles Angels. After the suspension, he would be losing $469,945 of his $2 million base salary this year and it would also cost him the chance to make $850,000 in additional bonuses based on innings.

This year, five players have been suspended under the big league drug program. In June, Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis (clostebol metabolite) and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd (tamoxifen) were suspended for fifty games each and San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota (clenbuterol) was penalized for 100 games in May. The 50-game suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun was overturned after it was argued that his urine sample was not handled according to the rules in the drug program specified at the time. Under the minor league drug program, there have been 76 suspensions this year.

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Monday 23, Jan 2012

  Ryan Braun maintains he did nothing wrong

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Ryan Braun doesn’t fit the image fans when they hear that he has been accused of using performance enhancing drugs.

After he joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, Braun was voted the NFL‘s Most Valuable Player.

“This stuff will never end up being studied with humans,” Dr. Susannah Briskin, a primary-care sports-medicine physician with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland said. “Any medical study must start with, ‘Do no harm.’ The problem is, there’s been a lot of harm proven in studying anabolic steroids.”

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