Reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, according to sources familiar with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
If the initial test results are upheld, the Milwaukee Brewers star faces a 50-game suspension. A spokesman for Braun issued the following statement Saturday:
“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.”
According to ESPN, the 28-year-old supplied a urine sample during this year’s postseason and was notified of the positive test sometime in late October, nearly a month before he was named the NL MVP.
Major League Baseball has decided not to release its findings because Braun is currently disputing the results. The positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in the slugger’s system, according to sources. A subsequent, more comprehensive test revealed the testosterone was synthetic and not produced naturally by Braun’s body.
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