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Ryan Braun releases written statement, says connection to Biogenesis was consulting-related

Feb 5, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

braun getty Getty Images’s Adam McCalvy passes along a written statement from Ryan Braun addressing his connection to the Biogenesis clinic:

“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples. There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list. I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”

It seems odd that Braun couldn’t find a more qualified consultant than Bosch and you have to wonder why Braun’s attorneys were “previously familiar with” the guy.

Major League Baseball is launching an investigation into the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and all of the players that have been listed in its records. Braun will likely have a sit-down with MLB’s investigators soon.

  1. dawglb - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Two letters come to mind when reading this,…”B” and “S”.

    • dickclydesdale - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Kinda like a homeless drug addict buying a heroin supply from his dealer then asking him for advice and being charged for the consultation.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I have no doubt Ryan woulda survived Germany in the 30’s and 40’s. Slippery Pete

    • davemac32001 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Seriously, you went there?

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        Well I do have fly an Israeli flag and a family name of Sohlberg, so ya I guess I did. It’s a compliment.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

        Yes, he went there. Because HBT is a classy web site, with really classy writers like Drew Silva who dissuade testimony with comments like “It seems odd that Braun couldn’t find a more qualified consultant than Bosch” and “you have to wonder why Braun’s attorneys were ‘previously familiar with’ the guy.”

        Yeah, I’m going out on a limb here, but I would say that since Braun went to school in Miami, it could be his attorneys have local connections? Or that since Braun is a Major League Ballplayer, and Bosch “treated: Major League Ballplayers that Bosch’s name came up as a potential witness in Braun’s case.

        But, see, silly articles with leading (yet empty) allegations lead to historical dipwads like O.P.

        Stay classy, Drew/HBT.

      • paperlions - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Well, it is odd, because there are 1000s of more qualified people that can testify about human physiology than a quack running an “anti-aging clinic”.

        That is a far more reasonable response than the hordes of blithering idiots that, after several years, have still refused to inform themselves about the PEDs at hand and just assume that if it is banned it must have magical baseball-enhancing abilities and be harmful to ones health and if it isn’t banned it must be perfectly okay, having neither performance enhancing effects or negative health consequences.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Well, it is odd, because there are 1000s of more qualified people that can testify about human physiology than a quack running an “anti-aging clinic”.
        I would like to point out that consulting is not the same as testifying, also do you think Bosch is the only guy they consulted? For all you know they consulted a dozen different people to get as much information as possible.

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM


  3. yousuxxors - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    im jewish and it had me cracking up

  4. sdemp - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Lets not speculate, what we know is. . . Braun’s positive test was suppose to be confidential, but MLB missed the boat and allowed word to get out. Braun wins his appeal and in the end MLB looks bad. Sketch facility linked to PED’s gets shut down and Brauns name is on a piece of paper and involved in further investigation. . . Braun was guilty before proven innocent the first time and now guilty by association so it really doesn’t matter.

    And we also know that Braun is the most consistent hitters and one of the best players in baseball.

    • mashoaf - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Fact is the sample was still positive! He won his appeal because MLB could not prove a “secure chain of custody.” So yes Braun won his appeal, but on a technicality. Also why would Braun’s name be on the monies owed ledger and not his attorneys, law firms name. It was his attorney who pursued Bosch to consult.

      • paperlions - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        Yes, the sample was positive, but because they couldn’t establish chain of custody there was no way to confirm that it was actually the sample Braun provided. That isn’t a technicality.

        Also, attorney’s don’t owe money when acting on your behalf, you do.

    • bgrillz - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Yeah, so was Barry Bonds, and everyone outside of the Bay Area wanted him burned at the stake. That’s a weak argument bud. Braun cheated and got away with it. He used a technicality to get off. Let’s not confuse innocent and not guilty.

  5. bigjimatch - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    This is all perfectly logical when one acknowledges the fact that Braun used steroids.

  6. zipsports - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Ryan Braun, MVP for Shemp Selig’s Brewers, gets by on a technicality. That’s all a big coincidence

  7. shaggytoodle - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    He did say he asked people about how easy it was to tamper with a sample during his whole escapade last year.

    I truly HOPE its the case. Unfortunately the grey cloud is getting bigger. It’s getting harder to play the classic “homer” card at this point.

  8. jrobitaille23 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Call me crazy but I believe him. And it has nothing to do with him being a keeper on my fantasy baseball team…no…not at all.

  9. mj1818 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Oh man really Braun? How many lame excuses can you get away with in a steroid era?

  10. natslady - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Not liking this Braun “alibi” for Gio. Legitimizes the notes/journal. Braun acknowledges his name is “correctly” on them, giving them validity. Admits he had dealings with the guy–for whatever reason. Not liking it at all.

  11. bbk1000 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    HAHA, I remember fools on this board saying he was innocent….what a bunch of boobs…

    • paperlions - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Saying someone is innocent and that using the available evidence that you can’t prove someone is guilty are not the same things.

      Look at all of the asshole comment by people that have no information whatsoever about the incident. The public literally knows almost nothing. The report about Braun’s appeal was never even released. If you know fuck all, which is what we know, then any opinion is based on fuck all….and that is all it is worth.

      • bbk1000 - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Bits were leaked, also the statement from the pee-boy made about how he handled the sample as well.

        Lyin’ Ryan got away with it, anybody thinking otherwise is being a bit naive.

        The folks that are buying this crap now? Well, they are just plain stupid.

  12. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    I don’t want HBT to turn into PFT, but alas, I doubt that will happen.

  13. thegreatstoneface - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    well, you have to admit, if it’s a lie….it’s actually a pretty damn good one. it serves to muddy the waters
    a little, and seeeeeeems to tie in to his previous troubles in an innocent enough way…

    not bad, really.

  14. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    What do you know, another juiced – up cheat, go figure.

  15. saintsfire - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Selig retirement soon, prove it or lose it. (your job)

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