Braun hints at drug tampering
|Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers talks to the media prior to spring workouts at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Norm Hall/Getty Images/AFP)
The day after his 50-game suspension was overturned for a positive drug test, Ryan Braun implied that his sample could have been tampered with.
"If I had done this intentionally, or unintentionally, I'd be the first to step up and say I did it," the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder said Friday, declaring his innocence. "I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.
"The fact there's a single number three times (what the levels should be), made me question the validity of the result."
A urine sample from Braun, taken last Oct. 1, showed a wildly elevated level of testosterone, which led to the 50-game suspension.
An arbitrator threw out the ban -- drawing a vehement reaction from MLB -- reportedly on a technicality, as protocol wasn't followed in delivering the sample to a drug lab in Montreal for testing.
Under MLB's joint drug agreement, a sample is to be delivered to the lab the same day it is taken.
Braun gave his sample on a Saturday and the collector said he could not find an open FedEx office that night. The package didn't arrive in Montreal until Monday.
"I don't honestly know what happened to (the sample) in that 44-hour period," Braun said.
Braun, the National League MVP, was the first player to have a suspension reversed through arbitration.