Milwaukee Brewers left fielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN.
A spokesman for Braun issued a statement, according to ESPN:
“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”
If the finding is upheld, Braun faces a 50-game suspension. Braun had to submit a urine sample for testing during the playoffs and was notified of the positive test in late October; the positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in Braun’s system, according to ESPN.
Braun, 28, hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs in 2011 while leading the Brewers to a 96-66 record and first-place finish in the NL Central.