MLB Players Union Thinks Braun’s Test Leak Was Isolated Case

By Michael Terrill

According to sources, Ryan Braun’s drug test that was leaked last December seems to be an isolated occurrence and the MLB player’s association does not believe otherwise.

“Everybody associated with the case is extremely disappointed that it leaked out,” union head Michael Weiner said, according to ESPN. “The leak was specific to this case. It does not threaten the confidentiality of the program. As I have said to players who have asked about that, confidentiality is important as any aspect of this program. The program has a bunch of different goals, but confidentiality is critical. If we felt that there was any system wide problem with respect to confidentiality, we really would have a problem. And, that’s not the case.”

The 50-game suspension was overturned when independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in Braun’s favor due to sample collector Dino Laurenzi not following procedures set forth by major league baseball’s drug agreement, which states the sample collected must be taken to a Federal Express office on the day it is collected “absent unusual circumstances.”

Laurenzi claims there were unusual circumstances in that “given the lateness of the hour that I completed my collections, there was no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.”

Braun’s legal team debunked that claim by presenting the arbitrator with “at least five FedEx locations within 5 miles were open until 9 p.m. ET and there also was a 24-hour location.”

Laurenzi has an impressive resume with Comprehensive Drug Testing and seems to have no motive to cheat the system. Since 2005 he has collected more than 600 urine samples, including the postseason, for five different major league ball clubs. Sources told ESPN the test sample that arrived at the Montreal laboratory was sealed three times with tamper-proof seals and that none of the seals were broken.

Braun will have to decide what he will do about the person who leaked the story last December. ESPN’s Outside the Lines were the first to report that Braun “tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.” Someone violated his confidentiality and the confidentiality of MLB. Braun will have the option to take whoever is responsible to court, but whether or not he does is a different story.

Weiner has publicly stated the union will not be taking any actions against the person responsible for the leak.

At this point Braun and his representatives should let the case be put to rest. If the union is not going to do anything about the leak then there is really no reason to go forth with any further actions. Braun should just prepare himself for the upcoming season as he helps the Brewers defend their NL Central division title.

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