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Ryan Braun’s attorney criticizes the collector’s statement

Mar 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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Dino Laurenzi Jr. is the man we’ve come to call “the collector” in the Ryan Braun case.  He defended himself the other day following Ryan Braun’s sharp criticism of him at his press conference. Now Braun’s attorney, David Cornwell, has issued a statement defending Braun from the defense:

“Ryan Braun presented a winning defense in the forum that counted. The collector’s attempt to re-litigate his conduct is inappropriate.  The landmark decision in Ryan’s favor was based on the evidence & the plain meaning of the words in baseball’s Joint Drug Program.  Both Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association should be applauded because their Joint Program worked.”

Again, as we’ve said a number of times, both Braun — as the accused — and Laurenzi — whose conduct, whatever he may say about it or what we may think of it, was determined to not have adhered to the Joint Drug Agreement by the aribitrator — are interested parties here.  Each has something to lose if their conduct is cast in a bad light. As such, these competing statements, while interesting, do little to get us to any absolute truth here.

Absent further details about the specific reasons why the abritrator ruled the way he did, we’re no further ahead in substantive knowledge here.  It’s just people taking swipes at one another.

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  1. bcopus - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Principal: “We caught your child cheating on a test.”

    Parent: “How did you catch him?”

    Principal: “He took a test and scored a 100%, but his answers look exactly the same as the teacher’s answer sheet. We made him take the test again, and he scored a 100% again. He normally only gets a 75%, so we know he cheated.”

    Parent: “Did you watch him take either test?”

    Principal: “No.”

    Parent: “Weren’t you supposed to, according to your rules?”

    Principal: “Yes, but that’s beside the point. We know he cheated.”

    Parent: “How? If you didn’t follow your own rules?”

    Principal: “Rules or no rules, your child cheated. We can’t punish him because we technically didn’t follow our rules, but we will make sure that ever child who goes to school here will know your son is a cheater.”

    Parent: “But you don’t know for sure. Maybe he cheated, but maybe he didn’t? If you had followed your rules, we would know. But since you didn’t, would you really make my child suffer when he may be innocent?”

    Principal: “Absolutely we would. And he better not talk bad about me or the teacher, or it’s going to get even uglier.”

    • stercuilus65 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Wow great analogy!
      Between Braun and his lawyers attacking the test taker in the press and the Braun jocksniffers posting brilliant scholarship like this no wonder public opinion is condemning him.

      • bcopus - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:12 AM

        Can we at least just admit that nobody has a clue what they are talking about? Everything we say is speculation based off what we’ve heard, and not a single one of us is doing anything but speculating? Whichever side of this coin we all fall on, that’s really all it is.

  2. nekotman - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Morons. The kid is guilty. You can do the legal dance all you want. In the end
    he did it. The test results said so. And now they are attacking the poor guy who
    collected it and possibly putting his job in jeopardy just so a freakin millionaire looks good. Braun and his lawyer are real moral people. How can you admire someone in
    such a powerful position pissing on the little guy. Disgusting.

    • stercuilus65 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      How true and yet all we heard before he got off was what a great upstanding role model he was. Well his behavior has revealed what a lie that was.

  3. hpt150 - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Is anyone else just mad at the guy who leaked the info of Braun’s positive test in the first place? If that hadn’t happened, it’s possible we wouldn’t know any of this (test, results, appeal, outcome, the collector’s name…)

    • roverboy1949 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      I’m not mad, because I want to know the truth, whether I like it or not. The positive test results had to come out sooner or later.

  4. roverboy1949 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Braun is always going to be “not innocent” of the use of PED’s. He is rightfully “not guilty” of using PED’s because of technical issues within the system. I, for one, will probably never believe he never used them, but in the big picture, it really doesn’t mean much. Players are going to keep trying to beat the system to get the “edge” they need to perform. Maybe one day there will be a way of insuring a clean game, but I wouldn’t bet on it. All you can do is try to enjoy the game for what it is, A GAME played by some cheaters but mostly upright and fair men(and women in other sports)

  5. beerman33 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Get a life!

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    The truth shall set you free…. Im a fan of The Brewers and Ryan Braun… However, something happend here and we may never know what it was…

    Fact: Braun failed the test for elevated testerone.
    Fact: The Collector is a Cub fan
    Fact: There has to be more then this to have had the 50 games overturned.

    Fact: Im done with it…. lets all move on

    I know its the american way for sports fans to look at a player and say that his is guility till proven otherwise (Unless he is a player for the team you support).

    • stercuilus65 - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      Of all the conspiracy theories the “Collector is a Cub fan” is the lamest.

  7. lanflfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Mr. Braun. Shut up, get your head into spring training, and tell your attorney to muzzle it since he is losing you more fans than winning. This smokescreen your legal team is putting up only makes it look like you are trying very hard to hide something.

    And I don’t care what Braun does as I’m a Dodger fan with little to no chance of seeing my team going to the playoffs the year, unlike the Brewers (unless they make 10 Wild Cards per league).

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