Braun tests positive for banned substance
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK – National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a banned substance and is appealing to avoid a 50-game suspension, according to people familiar with the case.
ESPN cited two sources Saturday in first reporting the result, saying the Milwaukee Brewers slugger tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, adding that a later test by the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal determined that it was synthetic.
A spokesman for Braun said in a statement issued to ESPN and The Associated Press that “there are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence.”
“There was absolutely no intentional violation of the program,” Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement sent by the All-Star left fielder’s representatives.
“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 that he will ultimately be exonerated,” he said.
Major League Baseball does not announce positive tests and penalties in drug cases until all arbitration is settled. The case is still being appealed.