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Ryan Braun allegedly accused urine collector of being Cubs fan, anti-Semite

Ryan BraunRyan Braun accused urine sample collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. of being an anti-Semite and Chicago Cubs fan out to get him, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.

Olney says the suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made the accusations while talking with several veteran baseball players over the phone. Braun reportedly anticipated losing his appeal of a positive drug test and was trying to drum up support from fellow players. In the process, he supposedly accused Laurenzi of being a Cubs fan and anti-Semite (Braun is Jewish).

Braun surprisingly won his appeal because the arbitrator ruled that Laurenzi did not follow proper protocol with the specimen collection process. In his victory speech, Braun specifically attacked Laurenzi, implying that the collector tampered with his sample.

Though Braun avoided punishment in 2012, he was implicated in the Biogenesis scandal and accepted a 65-game suspension from MLB in July. Braun admitted making mistakes, but he never admitted he used PEDs and lied multiple times.

[Related: All the lies Ryan Braun told about his PED use]

Famous athletes like Matt Kemp and Aaron Rodgers went to bat for Braun, and both have expressed their disappointment with the outfielder for lying to them. Ex-Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke said Braun would use people more the closer he was to them.

Braun hired friend Ralph Sasson to conduct background research on Laurenzi. Sasson is currently suing Braun for defamation.

Ryan Braun urine collector insists he did not tamper with sample

Ryan Braun had his time to address the arbitration case he won against MLB which overturned the 50 game suspension he was due for a positive drug test. Braun criticized MLB’s testing process that resulted in the overturned suspension. The Brewers MVP reportedly won his case because the urine collector kept the sample at home for two days, believing there wasn’t a FedEx open to ship the sample.

The urine collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., issued a statement Tuesday defending his work and decisions. He says storing the samples at home was not unusual, and it was something he was taught to do. If you believe Laurenzi, then it’s difficult to explain how Braun’s sample had extremely high levels of synthetic testosterone. Braun may have escaped suspension, but the questions about his positive test still have not been answered.

Below is Laurenzi’s entire statement:

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