Unfortunately, in many sports anabolic steroids are used. Baseball is no exception. Some famous baseball players secretly use these drugs and try to hide this fact from anti-doping checks. One way or another, the truth is coming out.
Who is Ryan Braun?
Ryan Braun is a professional American baseball player serving as outfielder for the Major League Baseball club the Milwaukee Brewers. He is considered one of the best, most versatile players for the power of his hits, his high batting average, how fast his speed is, his out-fielding, and the strength of his hands. Prior to joining professional baseball, he played for the baseball team of the University of Miami, where he was included twice in the All-American team, and in 2003 he received the Newcomer’s Award for Baseball America. In the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, the future famous baseball player was selected in the first round under the fifth overall number by the Milwaukee Brewers. He still plays for this team, although the San Francisco Giants were forced to look for an outside outfielder, due to Hunter Pens’ injury, and there was the possibility that Braun would be purchased by them in 2016. According to USA Today, the leadership of the “Giants” held only preliminary and very short negotiations with the Milwaukee Brewers regarding the possibility of acquiring the sportsman. But the baseball player remained on his native team.
Ryan Braun and disputed testosterone test
In December 2011 the results of a urine test conducted in October the same year appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. They stated that Braun’s test results were positive. The presence of an enhancing drug, aimed at increasing the level of testosterone, was revealed in his urine. Braun was punished by being barred from participating in 50 games. The laboratory which conducted the test said that the results of the test were the highest in the history of like tests. It exceeded the highest previous results by more than twice. Nevertheless, recently, an independent medical establishment conducted a second test. Its results were negative, and no steroids were found.
Braun disputed the results, which showed increased testosterone levels, in January of 2012. Three judges changed the results of the 2-to-1 vote the next month. It is considered the first successful appeal of the anti-steroids test made by an MLB player. The panel, whose members included MLB representative Rob Manfred, the players’ lawyer Michael Weiner, and Shyam Das, admitted that Braun asked important questions concerning the way Dino Laurenzi, the specimen collector, handled the sample of his urine.
The NY Times wrote that the sportsman “won on a technicality”. On Saturday Braun’s urine sample had been collected and sealed. As it was a weekend FedEx delivery centers were closed, according to Laurenzi. Therefore, he had to follow the conventional protocol by storing the samples in a special container made of rubber. On Monday, the samples were taken to the FedEx center. However, Braun stated that within five miles there were about five FedEx locations operating till 9 p.m., and moreover there was also a 24-hour center. According to the MLB, sample tampering was not evident. The US Anti-Doping Agency stated that when the sample is kept in a refrigerator the level of testosterone should not increase within only a week. However, MLB’s drug testing protocol requires those responsible to send samples to the laboratory on the day of their collection.
Ryan Braun and proven use of steroids
In the summer of 2013, the outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Braun, was disqualified before the end of the season for violating anti-doping rules. The most valuable player of the National League in 2011 missed 65 games in total.
The MLB at first did not announce what the Braun was disqualified for, but the 29-year-old baseball player was mentioned among 20 players connected with the investigation into the doping activity of the Biogenesis of America clinic. Other baseball players whose names were associated with this doping, including Alex Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz, were also under investigation.
In September 2011, Ryan issued a public apology, saying that he had made a mistake. He admitted that he had used illegal drugs in the second half of 2011. The athlete said that these drugs were testosterone cream and lozenges. According to him, these drugs were intended to accelerate recovery after a nagging injury. These drugs are legal steroids; however, they cannot be used without a doctor’s prescription.
Perhaps Ryan had used only those steroid drugs that he mentioned. But perhaps he had been taking other drugs, such as oral anabolic steroids, which have a fast half-life. Such meds include:
4) Proviron, and others.
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