MILWAUKEE (WSAU - Learfield) Suspended Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun reportedly told teammates and Major League stars last year that the man who took his infamous urine sample in 2011 was out to get him.
Yahoo Sports and E-S-P-N both reported last night that Braun accused Dino Laurenzi Junior of being anti-Semitic, as well as a Chicago Cubs’ fan who was out to get a rival player. Braun is Jewish.
Yahoo said Braun had asked a number of players to publicly back up his allegations, and they believed him. His contacts included Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.
Braun’s urine sample tested positive for synthetic testosterone. It resulted in a 50-game suspension which Braun struck down on appeal, blaming Laurenzi for a faulty handling of his drug sample. Last month, Braun accepted a season-ending suspension amid allegations that he was on a performance-enhancing drug program from the now-defunct Bio-Genesis Clinic of Miami.
On Friday, we learned that a former friend of Braun’s, Ralph Sasson, filed a defamation suit against him in Milwaukee County. He alleged that Braun and his agent paid him five-thousand dollars to do a background check on Laurenzi. There were also reports from Braun’s friends that he would make a public apology soon.
Yesterday, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to meet face-to-face with Braun. He said he still questions whether Braun’s P-E-D use helped the Brewers win the fifth-and-deciding game of their 2011 National League Division Series. By now, Gibson said Braun has probably well-rehearsed himself for whatever gets thrown at him.