According to the agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, management must collect and send the sample that same day unless there are unusual circumstances. Braun’s sample did not get sent to the lab for 44 hours.
Ryan Braun was the reigning NL MVP. He had major league clout. When Braun appealed, he implied that his sample may have been tampered with. The argument of the long lag time between collection and when it arrived to the lab worked in his favor. If that was true, then a major conspiracy had transpired in MLB.
Having been drug tested numerous times in the U.S. Navy, I find that ruling and his implications ridiculous. There are strict rules in place for testing. You initial and sign your name several times insuring that sample is yours. The seal is placed over the bottle, and you initial that seal. At no time is the “chain of custody” not professional.
When it arrives at the lab, if that seal has been tampered with, they refuse to test it. The “chain of custody” is taken very seriously in the Armed Forces, so one can only imagine the professional people in place for MLB.
Now his name has appeared on a list written by Anthony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis of America clinic. Ryan Braun’s name on the list, and a figure— $1,500. According to the “Outside the Lines” report, a source familiar with Bosch’s operation claims the players on the list received Performance Enhancing Drugs from Bosch and owed him that money.
Braun claims he used Bosch for personal consulting while appealing his drug test last year. Does anyone really believe that?
We all know Braun’s not telling the truth. The sad thing is nobody is doing anything about it.