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Brewers’ Ryan Braun Disputes Positive Drug Test, ESPN Reports

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Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers is challenging the positive results of a drug test, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified spokesman for the player.

Braun faces a 50-game suspension if the positive result for a performance-enhancing drug is upheld, ESPN reported, citing two people familiar with the case.

Major League Baseball hasn’t commented on the issue because Braun is disputing the drug test through arbitration, ESPN said.

Braun’s spokesman said he and the outfielder are “confident that he will ultimately be exonerated,” according to ESPN.

“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program,” the spokesman said in a statement, according to ESPN.

Nez Balelo, Braun’s agent, didn’t return a call to his Los Angeles office by Bloomberg.

“I would love to talk, but unfortunately I’m not really allowed to say anything right now,” Braun said in a text message to MLB.com. “My day will come soon, though.”

Braun, 28, provided a urine sample for testing during the playoffs, ESPN said. He was told in October that he had high level of testosterone which gave a positive result. A second test on the sample showed the testosterone came from a synthetic source.

Braun requested a second urine test that wasn’t positive, ESPN said, citing a person familiar with the tests.

Braun hit .332 with 33 home runs and 11 runs batted in as the Brewers tallied a franchise-record 96 wins during the regular season and earned the National League Central title.

During the five years since he was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Brewers, Braun has hit .312 with 161 homers and 531 RBIs. He also has appeared in four All-Star games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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