Ryan Braun is a despicable human being. The Milwaukee Brewers‘ slugger a disgrace to himself and the game of baseball. I’m ashamed as a baseball fan there’s not more outrage over Braun these past 24-hours. Yahoo Sports reported last evening that three documents linking Braun to Anthony (Tony) Bosch and his company, Biogenesis of America LLC. Bosch has already been linked to several other baseball players including New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. One of Braun’s former college teammates at the University of Miami, Cesar Carrillo has also been liked to Bosch’s clinic.
Just like the last time, Braun denies it, in a statement released by Braun,
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 (testosterone to epitestosterone) 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.
Braun won an appeal last season (by a two-to-one vote) suggesting that his test results were invalid due to “improper handling” by the tester. In reality, Braun still claims that Dino Laurenzi Jr. (the person who administered the original test and took the sample specimen) tampered with the results.
So let me get this straight. Braun failed his original test, screamed from the mountain tops that he was innocent, had the results thrown out over a technicality and not the actual results of the test, consulted with a questionable character to find out more about aspects of the test and is now claiming full cooperation. All of this while ruining the Laurenzi’s life and credibility. While other MLB players have suggested that Bosch isn’t an expert on PEDs, Braun’s suggesting that he paid Bosch a large sum of money to explain something that Google could have answered (click here) is supposed to be believable. Braun will throw anyone and everyone under the bus while he cheats the system. It’s a great example the 2011 NL MVP is setting for the game.
When the dust settles from this whole situation, I believe Bud Selig needs to suspend Braun for at least a year. I also hope Laurenzi sues Braun for defamation of character.