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Baseball MVP Flunks Drug Test

Ryan Braun says test is wrong, appeals
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2011 7:01 AM CST
Ryan Braun Tests Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs; Baseball MVP Appeals Results
Sliding Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun trying to catch a ball in the second baseball game of a double-header, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – Ryan Braun, the reigning MVP of Major League Baseball's National League, has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and faces a 50-game suspension, reports ESPN. The Milwaukee Brewers player vigorously denied using performance enhancers, with a spokesman blaming "highly unusual circumstances." Braun himself was more to the point—"It's BS," he said.

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The positive result came from a urine test in October that showed elevated testosterone levels in his system. A follow-up test showed that the excess testosterone was synthetic and came from outside his body. Braun is appealing the results, but no MLB player has ever successfully overturned a positive test. (Read more Ryan Braun stories.)

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