Ryan Braun said specimen collector was anti-Semite
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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, during his appeal of a drug suspension in 2012, told players on opposing teams that the collector of his urine sample was an anti-Semite, ESPN reported Aug. 18.
Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father, was suspended in July for the remainder of this season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic, which provided performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen players.
The 2011 Most Valuable Player had been suspended in 2012 for using performance-enhancing drugs, but successfully appealed the 50-game ban and denied he ever used the drugs.
He won the appeal after proving that the specimen collector, identified as Dino Laurenzi Jr., broke the chain of custody of the sample by storing it in his refrigerator and keeping it for 44 hours.
Braun has been referred to as “The Hebrew Hammer.” His mother, Diane, a Catholic, has said, “He’s totally not Jewish.” — jta
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