According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. This breaking news won't come as a surprise to the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who knew about the positive urine test results in late October, around a month before winning the NL MVP trophy. Today, Braun's spokesman issued a statement:
"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. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."
The sources from Outside the Lines revealed that a major red flag from the positive result was in response to elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system. Following their initial discovery, Major League Baseball asked the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Montreal to perform a secondary test. That analysis indicated that the Brewers outfielder's testosterone spike came from outside his body. If everything holds true, Braun will face a 50-game suspension which will take effect at the start of next season.
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