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Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:17 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last week Ryan Braun held a press conference to tell his side of his positive test, casting doubt and innuendo on the collector of his sample. He didn't name Dino Laurenzi Jr., but his name came out anyway shortly after Braun's press conference.

On Tuesday, Laurenzi released a statement:
On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that "there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened." Shortly thereafter, someone who had intimate knowledge of the facts of this case released my name to the media. I am issuing this statement to set the record straight.

I am a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and have received Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. My full-time job is the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and an athletic trainer, including performing volunteer work with Olympic athletes. I am a member of both the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association.  
   
I have been a drug collector for Comprehensive Drug Testing since 2005 and have been performing collections for Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program since that time. I have performed over 600 collections for MLB and also have performed collections for other professional sports leagues. I have performed post-season collections for MLB in four separate seasons involving five different clubs.  
   
On October 1, 2011, I collected samples from Mr. Braun and two other players. The CDT collection team for that day, in addition to me, included three chaperones and a CDT coordinator.  One of the chaperones was my son, Anthony. Chaperones do not have any role in the actual collection process, but rather escort the player to the collection area.   
   
I followed the same procedure in collecting Mr. Braun's sample as I did in the hundreds of other samples I collected under the Program. I sealed the bottles containing Mr. Braun's A and B samples with specially-numbered, tamper-resistant seals, and Mr. Braun signed a form certifying, among other things, that the specimens were capped and sealed in his presence and that the specimen identification numbers on the top of the form matched those on the seals.  

I placed the two bottles containing Mr. Braun's samples in a plastic bag and sealed the bag. I then placed the sealed bag in a standard cardboard Specimen Box which I also sealed with a tamper-resistant, correspondingly-numbered seal placed over the box opening. I then placed Mr. Braun's Specimen Box, and the Specimen Boxes containing the samples of the two other players, in a Federal Express Clinic Pack. None of the sealed Specimen Boxes identified the players. I completed my collections at Miller Park at approximately 5:00 p.m. Given the lateness of the hour that I completed my collections, there was no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.

Therefore, the earliest that the specimens could be shipped was Monday, October 3. In that circumstance, CDT has instructed collectors since I began in 2005 that they should safeguard the samples in their homes until FedEx is able to immediately ship the sample to the laboratory, rather than having the samples sit for one day or more at a local FedEx office. The protocol has been in place since 2005 when I started with CDT and there have been other occasions when I have had to store samples in my home for at least one day, all without incident.  

The FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's samples never left my custody. Consistent with CDT's instructions, I brought the FedEx Clinic Pack containing the samples to my home. Immediately upon arriving home, I placed the FedEx Clinic Pack in a Rubbermaid container in my office which is located in my basement.   My basement office is sufficiently cool to store urine samples. No one other than my wife was in my home during the period in which the samples were stored. The sealed Specimen Boxes were not removed from the FedEx Clinic Pack during the entire period in which they were in my home. On Monday, October 3, I delivered the FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's Specimen Box to a FedEx office for delivery to the laboratory on Tuesday, October 4. 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. 
   
This situation has caused great emotional distress for me and my family. I have worked hard my entire life, have performed my job duties with integrity and professionalism, and have done so with respect to this matter and all other collections in which I have participated. Neither I nor members of my family will make any further public comments on this matter. I request that members of the media, and baseball fans, whatever their views on this matter, respect our privacy. And I would like to sincerely thank my family and friends for their overwhelming support through this difficult time. Any future inquiries should be directed to my attorney Boyd Johnson of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
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Comments

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Is it possible both parties are innocent? How about you all humor me on this one, huh? Let's see where it can take us.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7610282

Listen to Golic and his reading of the rules



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

What ever happened to Brett Favre, Big Ben, Kobie ? I think the answer is nothing. How the hell Bernie Madoff ever made it to prison still baffles me.
Brett Favre was accused of sexting!!!  If that is a crime, then half the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA would be in jail.  And Kobe was accused of rape by a woman who had semen samples and pubic hair of 2 different men in her underwear, neither of which was Kobe's.  Get a clue!



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Why should he be taking shots at Fedex? They didn't do anything. People have already provided the facts about locations and hours!  Also his credibility is shot because he lied and took home a sample and it sat on his desk all weekend!



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:41 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

This is why America is such a great nation. Just like O.J. ,Braun was able to capitalize on his wealth, and  hire the best attorneys money could buy and beat the rap. Do you think it's a coincidence that a Bush or Kennedy has never made it to jail? What ever happened to Brett Favre, Big Ben, Kobie ? I think the answer is nothing. How the hell Bernie Madoff ever made it to prison still baffles me.
This is pretty silly. For one, the best attorneys that money could buy are not working for a major league baseball player. It's not even necessary in this case to have more than a competent attorney, never mind how much they cost. Also, if it comes down to wealth, which side do you think is the more powerful- MLB or Ryan Braun? Hint: the answer isn't Ryan Braun. He's the little guy in this match.

There are certainly times where your point of view is valid, unfortunately, but this case isn't one of them. Besides, there are plenty of  athletes who have spent time behind bars, if that's your criterion. Mike Tyson, Art Schlicter, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick are just a few names that come to mind.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

What I want to know is, did the other 2 samples arrive at the same time as Braun's?
I heard a reporter state that the other 2 samples arrived at the same time but they were clean.  He also went on to say that each person's urine reacts differently to different situations, so it's possible that they could have been clean while Braun's was positive.

Why wouldn't Braun have mentioned that his defense team replicated the results with an even higher ratio under the same conditions?  The fact that he failed to mention this while he focused on the chain of custody/delay in the process seems strange. 



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Ryan Braun needs to shut his pie hole and be thankful he got off because of a technicality with the delay to ship the samples. If he keeps having press conferences proclaiming his innocence and more information is released to the contrary then he is just making himself look bad. The specimen collector would have absolutely no reason to tamper with his samples or anyone else for that matter. Braun just does want his name tarnished but it is and will be forever. No matter what his career number end up at he will never get into the Hall of Fame.  We shall see if his Homerun numbers drop dramatically this season and then we will have solid proof this guy was cheating. Because he really did come from being an average player to a power hitter overnight.    I guarantee they will test him again this year so he probably will not be using testosterone this year. The spoiled millionaire athlete proclaims his innocence and the poor collector is probably going to have to move out Wisconsin because of all the crazy Braun fans that support this cheater.  Ryan needs to shut up and play and everyone should leave the specimen collector alone to live his life in peace. Braun will pay for it someday because Karma will come back to bite him in the end.  



Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

This is why America is such a great nation. Just like O.J. ,Braun was able to capitalize on his wealth, and  hire the best attorneys money could buy and beat the rap. Do you think it's a coincidence that a Bush or Kennedy has never made it to jail? What ever happened to Brett Favre, Big Ben, Kobie ? I think the answer is nothing. How the hell Bernie Madoff ever made it to prison still baffles me.



Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

Stlouistx, It may not be a lie issue.  Could be a lab error or when the sample was in the sampler's refrigerator, the fumes from the guys leftover Chili could have worked their way into the sample (it don't take much). There should have been a "trip blank" to go with the sample to assure no ambient contamination during the shipping/storage process. The guy made an inadvertant boo boo. We all do that - unfortunately lawyers jump all over this sort of stuff.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Braun's sample collector denies tampering

I'm a collector and this whole issue of coc (chain of custody) being mishandled is complete hogwash...But if i was the collector for the cheater, I would have made him sign over the seal and close the bag with it. Dino, think outside of the normal situations you're involved in and treat everything as a potential lawsuit. Much like universal precausion when dealing with blood and body fluids...everything you handle is considered infectious and contagious.



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