Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that Braun’s name was listed three times in Biogenesis records they obtained. They say his name was not listed next to any PEDs, but that numerical notations “RB 20-30K” appeared by his name, which may be the amount of money he owed the clinic.
Biogenesis documents also reportedly mention Chris Lyons, who was one of Braun’s attorneys when he appealed his PED suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011. Braun escaped the suspension because the sample collector did not follow the proper chain of command. Braun never explained why his sample contained elevated levels of testosterone.
Braun released the following statement in response to his reported connection with Biogenesis:
“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
“There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.
“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.
“I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Braun’s explanation is about as solid as it gets, though there is plenty of circumstantial evidence against him.
Yahoo! Sports reports that Braun’s name appears on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Cesar Carrillo, all of whom received PEDs from Bosch, per the Miami New Times. Cabrera failed a drug test last season.
Braun reportedly was road roommates with Carrillo, who is a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, for three years at Miami. Braun’s strength coach for three years at Miami was Jimmy Goins, who was listed as a PED supplier by the New Times.
There is no concrete evidence proving Braun has used PEDs, but he is facing an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence.
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