Braun’s Lawyer Criticizes Drug Collector

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Braun’s lawyer criticized the lengthy statement from the person who collected the slugger’s drug sample, saying Thursday the NL MVP “was properly vindicated.”

“Ryan Braun presented a winning defense in the forum that counted,” attorney David Cornwell said in a statement. “The landmark decision in Ryan’s favor was based on the evidence and the plain meaning of the words in baseball’s joint drug program. The collector’s attempt to re-litigate his conduct is inappropriate, and his efforts will only be persuasive to those who do not understand the evidence or the rules.

“Ryan Braun was properly vindicated. Both Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association should be applauded because their joint program worked.”

Braun escaped a 50-game suspension last week when his positive test was overturned by arbitrator Shyam Das. The legal team for the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder argued in a grievance hearing that the drug collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., did not follow the procedures specified in baseball’s drug agreement, which states the urine sample should be taken to a Federal Express office on the day it is collected “absent unusual circumstances.”

Laurenzi issued a statement Tuesday defending his actions, saying he never tampered with the urine sample. Laurenzi collected the sample on Oct. 1, a Saturday, and said he placed it in a Rubbermaid container in his basement office because “there was no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.” Laurenzi took it to Federal Express on Monday.

“At no point did I tamper in any way with the samples. It is my understanding that the samples were received at the laboratory with all tamper-resistant seals intact,” Laurenzi said in his statement.

Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president for labor relations, said last week the league “vehemently disagrees with the decision” and called the collector “extremely experienced,” adding he “acted in a professional and appropriate manner.”

Manfred declined comment on Cornwell’s statement as did Boyd Johnson III of WilmerHale, the lawyer retained by Laurenzi.

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  • Zatso

    What do expect from Braun’s lawyer?

    Your right, he’s uing Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer’s defese of guilt/innocence.

    I’m stupid, your stupid, and the whole world is stupid.

    Only lawyers have common sense.

    Shakespeare was right about them.

    I feel better now. Yhanks


  • Denver Deadite

    Attorney, meet bus. Bus, meet attorney.

    • zatso

      Agree with you DD.

  • tomtmb110

    OJ won where it counted also….Still doesn’t mean the Braun isn’t a cheater…Which he is….Keep a close eye on his numbers this year…

  • Jake from da burbs

    This is quite simple but people are completely convoluting it. The process behind the collection sucks and though the collector did his job exactly as he was instructed, the process brings out the shadow of doubt that is necessary to potentially overturn a case like this. Thus Braun escaped because of a process that lends itself to doubt or actually lends it self to questions, with the collector NOT at fault.

    This, however is completely different in determining whether Braun is tainted, and a user of PEDS which the evidence shows. Though the process casts a faint shadow of doubt, the evidence (Braun’s sample that was triple-sealed in front of him and signed off by him with seals in tact all the way till it got to the testing/screening center) points to very high levels of synthetic testosterone which is a PEDS masking/couteractive agent and unless scientists can say that synthetic testosterone can be produced by being in a rubbermaid box in a basement somewhere, Ryan Braun is completely guilty and tainted, despite his not guilty on process technicality ruling.

    • Denver Deadite

      The problem is that the collector did nothing wrong, yet Braun and his attorney are throwing the collector under the bus.

      And they’re doing it IMMEDIATELY AFTER Braun whined about bring thrown under the bus himself.

      I want Braun and the attorney out IN FRONT OF the bus.

    • Jake from da burbs

      Ignore my PEDS, it should be PED’s…

      • Jake from da burbs

        Check that it should actually just be PEDs


    Braun is now in an indefensible position if his numbers do not match last year’s numbers.
    It would have been better to take the money and run as Steve Miller would say,
    rather than getting into a p.r. war.
    What is it good for?

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