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Ryan Braun listed in more Biogenesis docs … and it makes Braun look BAD

Feb 15, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

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Ryan Braun? What was that you were saying about it only being your lawyers consulting with Biogenesis for purposes of your PED appeal? If that’s the case, then what’s this about your name showing up on another document in the Biogenesis records? One that is more closely associated with PED customers.  T.J. Quinn and Mike Finn of ESPN report:

The list was written in April, in the hand of Biogenesis of America clinic founder Anthony Bosch. Among the names is the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, and to the right of that name is a figure: $1,500.

That list, a source familiar with Bosch’s operation told “Outside the Lines,” indicates that those players received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch, and owed him money. The document, one of dozens obtained by “Outside the Lines,” suggests a closer link to Bosch and the now-shuttered clinic he ran in Coral Gables, Fla., than Braun has acknowledged.

As before, this is not definitive proof of anything and, in and of itself, does not establish that Braun did anything wrong or give Major League Baseball grounds for action. We simply don’t know whether the Biogenesis records accurately reflect what occurred (they are the very definition of hearsay).

But: Braun gave a pretty specific explanation for his name appearing in those records in the first place. And it’s inconsistent with what Quinn and Fish are reporting here.

I believe you have to give guys the benefit of the doubt when the evidence does not give you anything more to go on than supposition and conjecture. But there’s no escaping that this, at least on the surface, contradicts Braun’s previous explanation and that’s not a good thing for Ryan Braun.

UPDATE: This may all be sexy, but it may not matter.

  1. mojosmagic - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    The man is a liar and a cheater. End of story.

  2. eshine76 - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa… Craig is not staunchly supporting a guy who was already given his due process?? My heart beat still…

  3. 27xwschamps - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Only dopes us dope !! Old but true !!! Idiot

    • gloccamorra - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Careful with those “old sayings”. A friend was golfing with a guy who pulled out a marijuana cigarette, and offered some to my friend, who said “No. Why do you think they call it dope?” The guy answered, “Cuz all the good names like snow, smack, and angel dust had already been taken.”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        A friend was golfing

        Speaking of old sayings…you know why they call it golf? Because fuck was already taken!

      • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Sixteen hundred acres???? The fucking ball is this big!!!!!

  4. dawglb - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Book ‘em, Dano!

  5. kappy32 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Why are people not up in arms, screaming for his contract to be voided? Oh, that’s right, he’s not Alex Rodriguez. I’m am no fan of A-Rod one bit & I think he is nothing more than a diva in pinstripes. However, he is being treated far worse by the media & public than Braun is. When the Biogenesis story broke, A-Rod was quiet, but his reps/attorney said the allegations were “untrue.” With that indirect denial, baseball fans & writers everywhere were ready to burn him at the stake, calling him a fraud & a liar – and that talk has continued throughout all of this. When Braun was tied to Biogenesis, he – himself – concocted this ridiculous story about how he was using this place for nothing more than innocent consulting work to help with his appeal on the 17x normal T-levels. That story didn’t make sense from the outset. There are HUNDREDS of supplement entities throughout the US, and there are even more chemists available, many of whom – I am sure – are closer to Milwaukee than Biogenesis, located in South Florida. Here are just a few, simple questions to ask that if any one of them were to be “yes,” then it would lend just a little credence to Braun’s fairy tale.

    1. Is Braun from Florida? No, he comes from Mission Hills, California.
    2. Does Braun live in Florida during the offseason? No, he splits time between Milwaukee & California.
    3. Do the Brewers play in Florida? Geography was never my strong suit in school, but last I checked Milwaukee was in Wisconsin. Again, NO!
    4. Do the Brewers hold Spring Training in Florida? Hmmm… Gee… NO!!!! They play at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona.
    5. Does Braun’s attorney, Martin D. Singer, Esq., practice in Florida? You guessed it, NO! Lavely & Singer P.C. Are based out of Hollywood, California. There’s a chance, not a very good one though, that Mr. Singer is admitted to the Florida Bar. However, that admission would make little sense when his practice is operated on the other side of the country.

    The answers to each of the 5 questions I posed are clear, definitive no’s. if Braun had some sort of ties to the area where Bosch & Biogenesis are located, then maybe I could see him using them; possibly, but very unlikely. Another issue here is that MLB had conducted a long, thorough investigation into Bosch & Biogenesis, over the course of a few years. MLB felt that they had such convincing evidence that Biogenesis was a supplier of PED that they brought in the DEA & gave them the info they obtained. I am SURE that during the course of this investigation that the MLBPA was notified of the illegalities & dangers of using Biogenesis. Additionally, as is common & customary practice in all professional sports, each team was most likely given a letter or memorandum outlining the issues with Biogenesis & were encouraged to tell their players to stay away. Despite this, Braun still hired Bosch & Biogenesis to serve as consultants on his dirty piss? Braun would have to have an IQ of 10 or born with an extra Y-chromosome to not see the potential problems of having a known PED supplier serve as a consultant on an issue where he is accused of using PED.

    Braun has been a liar since the day he held his Spring Training presser last year after his appeal was granted. Braun played the public as fools & lied to us then. Now, the documents obtained by ESPN only prove what any semi-intelligent human being knew after he told his BS Biogenesis / Consulting excuse: He is lying to us AGAIN. The last time I checked, A-Rod held a presser a few years back where he came clean & admitted to using PED. Since this Bosch story broke, A-Rod has been quiet & only his reps have denied the allegations. Nevertheless, to the majority of you guys, he’s a scumbag & a liar. On the other hand, we have Braun who won his appeal by raising an evidentiary issue wholly outside the actual merits of the allegations. Braun’s appeal is the criminal equivalent of a drug dealer having charges dropped or a conviction overturned on the grounds that the police illegally seized the drugs from his/her person or home in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Braun failed to ever show – even by a preponderance of the evidence (51%) – that the actions of the specimen collector (storing the peepee in his own fridge) was the reason that Braun’s piss tested positive for the highest T-levels ever (17x normal). Now, Braun gives us this half-assed consulting story that defies all logic & the public reaction has been, “Ok, cool, A-Rod is a scumbag.” Even Craig said in this post that Braun should “be given the benefit of the doubt.” Seriously? Braun is nothing more than a self-absorbed, lying piece of sh*t who thinks that baseball fans, and the public as a whole, are nothing but a bunch of gullible idiots. Well guess what, Mr. Braun? I’m not an idiot & I don’t believe your BS story for a second. The only idiot here is Braun, himself, if he thinks that this consulting story is going to hold water once people tear it apart. If Braun cares about the integrity of the game & has even a quarter of a brain then he should come out, get in front of the story, admit his transgressions of PED use, and put himself at the mercy of the public.

    • flosox - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Um, Hi there. I know you took an hour to write that so I hate to burst your bubble.

      Braun was a star college player at UM in Coral Gables. In other recent news, UM tests entire roster for HGH due to names showing up in the Bio report.

      Good day sir.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Man, you should learn how to play a musical instrument – it’s way more fun than composing essaqys on Rtyan Braun.

      • protius - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Dude, spell check, look into it.

  6. aspinaci - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Kudos Kappy!

  7. onbucky96 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Ah yes. ESPN, OTL, & TJ Quinn, back for more. Couldn’t make it stick last year, so let’s go thru this again. Been there, done that, next.

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Funny you should mention that, I’ve seen commentary from multiple non-ESPN outlets that said there was no way Quinn was going to let this go long before this new “report” came out….and that he was obsessed with nailing Braun. The report essentially ignores every other player on the list despite that fact that the other guys have also denied knowing the guy and/or using getting anything from him. Cabrera must have got free samples, since the list marks him “unpaid” and not owing any money.

  8. bbk1000 - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    To all the fools who thought Braun was innocent of the original positive test:

    You’re stupid.

    Thank You,
    Reality Check

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Thinking that proper procedures should be followed to ensure that mistakes are not made and thinking Braun was innocent are not the same things.

      • bbk1000 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        I’m all about proper procedures…..but the procedures followed were proper….

  9. ironman721 - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    “I don’t like the drugs but the drugs like me.”- Manson… or Braun?

  10. buffalo65 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Baseball should give up on the past, blood test and urine test everyone from this day moving forward. What’s done is done.

  11. bigjimatch - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    This isn’t a big deal because only the most die hard pro-Braun birthers still think he is clean; and there is literally nothing that will ever convince them otherwise. Even Craig, who serves as Brain’s de facto spinmiester, is having trouble keeping up with the spin.

    Here is the practical here say rule: there are so many exceptions to the rule; if the Judge wants it in, its in.

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      You are conflating defending due process with defending the individual.

    • protius - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      bigjimatch:

      It looks like you’re recovering nicely from the lobotomy; however, you should try to rest, you wouldn’t want to overwork what was already, a meager facility.

      To begin with, there is still no credible evidence that Ryan Bruan ever took a PED in his life. Therefore, your argument is based on nothing more then your subjective opinion, which is worthless.

      Next, the idea that Calcaterra needs to “spin” current information, is a product of your surgically repaired imagination. The information speaks for itself; just listen to the voices.

      Finally, the universal “here-say” rule is just a game that the little people sitting on each of your shoulders are playing with you. Ignore them.

  12. andrewjones1124 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    WHO FREAKING CARES!!!!! What I find hypocritical is the so called “pureist”. Guess what, baseball has never been pure, period. Micky Mantle wasn’t drinking ovaltine to get get a boost. BTW, many hall of famers have admitted to using cocaine and amphetamines? Those drugs give you an immediate burst of energy and rush of adrenaline. Greenies anyone? According to Mike Schmidt there were cookie jars full of those in the clubhouse. Willie Mayes also used coke to get up before the games. The difference now is that reporters don’t sit around snort, drink,womanize,and play cards with the players like they use to do. So get over it and move on with your lives. Use yourself as a role model and beat your own personal best

  13. muskyhunter2542 - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    in other news… Did you see that the East Coast got up to 38 inches of snow?
    Wow, that’s 38 freaking inches!!! Oh wait, thats old news now, just like Braungate.

  14. fruitcovejag - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Guilty!

  15. banger60 - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    SHOCKING!!!!!!

  16. delusionalcardsfan - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    What a pathological liar he has truly turned out to be. I hope Braun never gets close to a World Series. I wonder if Aaron Rodgers is gonna spout off public support now.

  17. dirtydrew - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Braun is a cheater, just like A Roid and all the rest. He got let off last season for ” other ” reasons. Him getting busted would have upset some of the money interests in MLB.

  18. dirtydrew - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Protium, get over it. He is a cheater. I had to deal with Bonds as a Giant fan. You either wake up and realize your guy is a ROIDER too. All the best players are. Cal Ripkin, Nolan Ryan…all of them. Your ” Hebrew Hammer ” is a roider. Let off last season because of the moneyed interests.

  19. stlouis1baseball - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    This is much like a phuquing soap opera Except…this is entertaining.
    I can’t wait for the next spin.

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