Braun sample collector says he followed protocol

NEW YORK (AP)—The being who calm Ryan Braun’s urine sample that activated absolute for animated levels of testosterone said he followed the accumulating program’s protocol.

Dino Laurenzi Jr. issued a account Tuesday acknowledging he handled the sample submitted afterward a playoff bold on Oct. 1. He says he has been a beneficiary for Comprehensive Drug Testing back 2005 and has taken added than 600 samples for Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program.

“At no point did I alter in any way with the samples,” Laurenzi said.

Laurenzi’s name emerged endure anniversary afterwards the NL MVP’s 50-game abeyance was overturned, authoritative Braun the aboriginal big leaguer to auspiciously claiming a drug-related amends in a grievance.

Braun was not accessible for animadversion Tuesday at the Brewers’ bounce training affected in Phoenix. Asked for acknowledgment to Laurenzi’s statement, Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart beneath comment.

Laurenzi said he stored Braun’s sample in his basement in accordance with CDT’s agreement because there was “no FedEx appointment amid aural 50 afar of Miller Park that would address bales that day or Sunday.”

Braun, however, has said at atomic 5 FedEx locations aural 5 afar were accessible until 9 p.m. and there aswell was a 24-hour location.

Laurenzi said the operating action is to “safeguard” the samples at home until FedEx can address the sample to the lab.

“There accept been added occasions if I accept had to abundance samples in my home for at atomic one day, all after incident,” he said.

Laurenzi added that he had “performed my job duties with candor and professionalism, and accept done so with account to this amount and all added collections in which I accept participated.”

He said he issued the account “to set the almanac straight.”

In his statement, Laurenzi said he accelerating from Wisconsin in 1983 and captivated master’s degrees from North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. He said he is now the full-time administrator of rehabilitation casework at a bloom affliction facility.

Laurenzi said he was a affiliate of the National Able-bodied Trainers’ Association, had formed as an able-bodied trainer and done advance plan with Olympic athletes.

Laurenzi said he had calm samples for MLB in four altered years and had done collections for added able sports leagues.

Last week, Braun said he was the “victim” of a “fatally flawed” system.

“There are a lot of things that we heard about the accumulating process, the beneficiary and some added humans complex in the action that accept been apropos to us,” he said. “But as I’ve dealt with the situation, I apperceive what it’s like to be abominably accused of something, so for me to abominably allege somebody wouldn’t help.”

MLB had no comment, and referred instead to its account from endure week:

“The acutely accomplished beneficiary in Mr. Braun’s case acted in a able and adapted manner. He handled Mr. Braun’s sample constant with instructions issued by our accordingly retained accumulating agency,” it said.
by nbasportnews | 2012-02-29 18:54 | mlb score
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