Something is clearly awry with the entire Ryan Braun affair and it would be a shame if his name has been dragged through the mud for no good reason. His lawyer, as can be expected, is insisting that the Milwaukee Brewers slugger and this year’s National League MVP is innocent. Nothing new there, but a source told the New York Daily News that the test’s results are startling in their findings, saying that they don’t even compare with the highest test results they’ve ever seen:
Milwaukee Brewers’ star outfielder Ryan Braun’s original test for performance-enhancing drugs as the playoffs were winding down in October was “insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken,” said a source familiar with the developing case in which Braun was reported to have tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone caused by a synthetic substance, triggering a possible 50-game suspension if the test results are upheld.
The never-before-seen ratio, according to the source, is one of several “highly unusual circumstances” Braun’s camp has referred to when adamantly denying that the National League Most Valuable Player ingested a performance-enhancing drug that caused the positive test. His spokesman, Matthew Hiltzick said Saturday after ESPN reported that Braun had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance: “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. … we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”