Posted August 19, 2013

Troy Tulowitzki: Ryan Braun didn’t contact me in effort to discredit urine collector

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The Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki said his conversations with Ryan Braun were only out of concern as a friend. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki said his conversations with Ryan Braun were only out of concern as a friend. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who remains close friends with suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, said Braun did not contact him in an effort to build support for his case against Major League baseball and the person that collected his urine sample.

“He never say anything like that to me or asked for my support,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck of Braun.

Tulowitzki’s comments on Braun came a day after reports detailed Braun’s alleged plot to build player support for his case by discrediting the person who collected his urine samples as a Cubs fan and anti-Semitic.

Tulowitzki was one of the players named in the report, but he denied on Monday that Braun ever approached him. He said his conversations with Braun were based more around his concern as a friend.

“I talked to him throughout the whole process. It was more as a friend. It wasn’t anything more than that,” Tulowitzki told the Post. “He never tried to change my opinion on the subject or anything like that. It was more of me saying, ‘Hey, how is this going? Is this taking a toll on you?’”

Braun, who is Jewish, recently accepted his 65-game suspension in an agreement under the drug-testing agreement. Braun first failed an MLB drug test in the spring of 2012, but won an appeal of MLB’s 50-game suspension due to a chain-of-custody error and faulty protocol in the drug-testing program.

Tulowitzki also said he wants Braun to explain in clear terms why he accepted without fighting a 65-game suspension that was handed down to him last month.

“I think everybody in baseball wants him to get whatever out that he needs to get out. Hopefully, he does it the right way,” Tulowitzki said of Braun, who is expected to address the suspension for the first time soon in public comments.


11 comments
Markus
Markus

Gee........friends have never lied for friends before?  Why should I believe a word Troy says?

INTEGRITYSPORTS
INTEGRITYSPORTS

Braun is a cheating, lying, bum.  He cares more about his $ than the sport of baseball and its fans and honesty.  Braun deserves to be banned for life for using drugs and lying when confronted.  Kemp is the true MVP, Braun is nothing more than a dishonest wimp. 

kimgoo7
kimgoo7

Braun is not Jewish. According to Jewish law, his mother would to have to be Jewish, which she is not, for him to be Jewish. Besides he has said in the past that is does really identify with that. So this is just so much BS.

CraigGibbs
CraigGibbs

"Braun, who is Jewish, recently....."  What the hell does that have to do with anything? This is an ugly enough situation as it is without dragging antisemitic bull crap into it. Why can't anything just be about someone doing right or wrong anymore? The press has to drag race or religion into everything. 

 

FDowney
FDowney

@kimgoo7 "Jewish Law" is not monolithic. While most orthodox and conservative congregations would not consider him a born jew, Reform congregations, by and large, would. And even at that, most conservative or orthodox Rabbis make it fairly easy for someone with a Jewish father to convert, should they want to.

Furthermore, that's religion. "Jewish" is not just a religion, it's an ethnicity. Ethnically, Ryan Braun is half-Jewish just as I'm half Irish.

nemoinfinite
nemoinfinite

@CraigGibbs It's possible they're clarifying their earlier reference to Braun's strategy of claiming the urine collector was anti-Semitic. It would have made more sense for them to do so in the same sentence in which they referenced said strategy, rather than a few paragraphs down in the article, of course.

kimgoo7
kimgoo7

@Adam Sorensen @kimgoo7 @William27 I am no authority on anything, but according to Jewish law, his mother must be Jewish to be Jewish, She is not. That being said he can identify with the Jewish people as he see fit. Nonetheless, as a Jew myself, I hate when Jews, so called or not, falsely use anti semitism to blame their own mistakes.

Adam Sorensen
Adam Sorensen

@kimgoo7 @William27 How are you an authority on whether Braun is Jewish, kimgoo7?  He has identified himself as Jewish his whole career, thus the nickname "The Hebrew Hammer".  His dad is Jewish and that is what he identifies with.  Politics aside, no matter what you think of the current President of the United States, I doubt you would make the same argument and claim he is not African-American because only his father was black, would you?