(CBS) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, CBS Sports confirmed on Saturday.
The reigning National League MVP faces a potential 50-game suspension.
ESPN, which reported the story first citing two sources familiar with the case who talked with “Outside the Lines,” said Braun was tested during the playoffs and notified of the results in October. The report adds that Braun is disputing the result through arbitration, which is why Major League Baseball has not announced the findings yet.
Sources told CBS Sports that a decision isn’t likely to come soon.
“It’s B.S.,” Braun told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
A Braun spokesman issued this 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.”
Baseball officials could not be reached for immediate comment.
No player has successfully appealed a positive test in MLB.
In April, Braun signed an extension with the Brewers through the 2020 season.
Braun beat the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp for MVP last month after batting .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.