Friend Ralph Sasson suing Ryan Braun, claims Braun doped in college

Ryan BraunRalph Sasson, a longtime friend of Ryan Braun, is suing the suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder for defamation, according to ESPN.

Sasson, 29, claims that he assisted in Braun’s successful appeal of a 2011 positive test for elevated levels of testosterone. According to ESPN, Sasson accuses Braun of doping while in college at the University of Miami, committing academic fraud, and accepting money.

Sasson says he was asked by Braun’s agent, Nez Balelo, to conduct background research on Braun’s urine sample collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr. The 29-year-old says he had to threaten Balelo with a lawsuit in order to get paid the $5,000 he was owed. Sasson also says that he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to get paid. Sasson claims the non-disclosure agreement was violated when Braun allegedly made defamatory statements about him. Sasson also alleges that Braun wanted him to prank call ESPN reporters T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who were working on their initial report of Braun’s positive test. Sasson is seeking unspecified damages.

Court filings found by Larry Brown Sports show that the case was filed in Milwaukee County court on July 31. Braun’s attorney Howard Weitzman believes the suit will be dismissed.

Sasson, who currently lives in Milwaukee, grew up with Braun in Granada Hills, Calif. The two later attended the University of Miami. Sasson is currently studying at Taft Law School, which is an online program.

Sasson was also a plaintiff in a 2011 lawsuit brought against Absolute Technology Law Group. In the case, Sasson alleged that he was not paid overtime wages for work done for the company in Aug. 2011. He claimed he was fired when he demanded payment for overtime. At the time, Sasson stated he was unemployed, had no assets, and a bank account balance of -73.31 dollars. The case was dismissed after the parties reached a settlement.

Sasson declined comment to LBS when reached via email.

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  • John Doh

    I grew up with the Brauns. Ryan’s younger brother by 1 year Steven was one of my closest friends. I can remember joking about PED’s with Steve when the college baseball season ended and he came back home. I have always supported Ryan but now I can’t even get a hold of Steven nor his father Joe. They have completely ignored everybody who was close to them and spent years getting to know their family. This was a big shock to all of us and when I tried to reach Ralph Sasson on Facebook to ask him about the situation, his page was deleted. I worked with Ralph on All star game campaigns for Ryan and I worked for Ryan for 5 years. Since Ive been ignored by Steven I can’t help but think that he was using PEDs as well, but didnt have the raw talent to make it to the Show despite being drafted in the 23rd round to the Athletics and turning it down to go to Maryland University. Because he is Ryan’s younger brother, the Brewers minor league affiliate in Whitefish Bay, WI gave Steven a shot but he was never good enough. It’s unfortunate that they felt the need to ignore close friends, we are not owed apologies nor expect one, we just want our buddy Steven back.