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Ryan Braun Under Investigation of Performance Enhancing Drugs… Again???
Last year around this same time, the public was informed with the fact that Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun failed a drug test. Although Braun won his appeal to the failed drugs test due to reasons of inadequate handling of his urine sample, he is now being linked in a new performance enhancement drug investigation on Tuesday, February 5th, on a list with another nine baseball players.
All ten of these MLB players were discovered to be visiting the Biogenesis clinic in Florida, which is currently under investigation by the MLB for issuing performance enhancing drugs to MLB players. Initially, it was only seven players who were listed in the investigation; Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon, Cesar Carrillo, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, and Yasmani Grandal. These seven players had been previously suspended for illegal use of synthetic synthetic testosterone and other substances. Now, a few more days into the investigation, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, and Ryan Braun have been added to the list.
Every baseball player on the list has been connected to their own list of performance enhancing drugs that were issued to them, except for Ryan Braun. Although proof has been found that he had visited the clinic in the past, the reports did not mention any performance enhancing drugs for Braun.
On Tuesday, when the first mentioning of Ryan Braun being linked to the investigation in a Yahoo! report, the Brewer's released a statement saying, "Like everyone else, we first learned of this report from the Yahoo! story this evening. At this point, we are not aware of any other details. We understand that Major League Baseball is going through a review process and to that end, we would defer any additional comment to its officials."
There has yet to be an official statement about the private investigation being held by the MLB. The only statement given by the Commissioner's Office stated, "We have an active ongoing investigation in Florida. Until that is completed we can't comment on any of the details or information that has surfaced."
Even if all the players were to pass drugs tests right now, if the MLB finds significant evidence supporting the use of performance enhancing drugs during a past season, the players found guilty could be facing fines. Although punishment is guaranteed for the wrongfully accused, it could be months before any official results of the investigation are released, as the MLB will be sure to take their time to make sure they have discovered and analyzed all the details.