Ryan Braun Sample Collector Releases Statement

After we heard about Ryan Braun's successful appeal, and about the grounds for his successful appeal, it didn't take long for someone to leak the name of his urine sample collector. That collector was the very experienced Dino Laurenzi, and Major League Baseball came to Laurenzi's defense, saying he acted in a professional manner.

Now, Tuesday, Laurenzi has released a statement in response to Ryan Braun's Friday press conference. You can read his statement here. Some excerpts:

[...] the earliest that the specimens could be shipped was Monday, October 3. In that circumstance, CDT has instructed collectors since I began in 2005 that they should safeguard the samples in their homes until FedEx is able to immediately ship the sample to the laboratory, rather than having the samples sit for one day or more at a local FedEx office. The protocol has been in place since 2005 when I started with CDT and there have been other occasions when I have had to store samples in my home for at least one day, all without incident.

The FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's samples never left my custody. Consistent with CDT's instructions, I brought the FedEx Clinic Pack containing the samples to my home. Immediately upon arriving home, I placed the FedEx Clinic Pack in a Rubbermaid container in my office which is located in my basement. My basement office is sufficiently cool to store urine samples. No one other than my wife was in my home during the period in which the samples were stored. The sealed Specimen Boxes were not removed from the FedEx Clinic Pack during the entire period in which they were in my home.

You get the point. Braun suggested that his samples might have been tampered with, leading to his positive test result. Laurenzi asserts that the samples could not have been tampered with, and were handled in a way no different from the way that several other samples have been handled in the past.

Dino Laurenzi did not appreciate Ryan Braun's press conference. I'm not going to take this any further at the moment, but while Braun's not going to be suspended, suffice to say this matter isn't just going to go away any time soon.

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