Ryan Braun didn't answer questions
Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, who has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs,
refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection
to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, sources told "Outside the Lines."
The meeting took place June 29, a source said, and is one of several that MLB has conducted with
players connected to the clinic. A source said New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not
been interviewed, but a meeting is expected to take place within the week.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that Rodriguez will meet with
MLB on Friday but said the injured slugger likely will refuse to answer questions. The source also told
ESPNNewYork.com that 10 players already have met with MLB but have refused to answer questions.
Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many
as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break, for their roles in the Biogenesis case, several
sources told "Outside the Lines." As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last
month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators.
The question is the length of the suspensions.
Sources said the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the
punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating
MLB's drug policy.
The argument, one source said, would be that they -- and possibly other players -- committed multiple
offenses by receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and by lying about it.
MLB Players Want Ryan Braun Banned from Baseball After PED Allegations
Despite being suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, Ryan Braun has successfully avoided suspension from MLB. That fact has apparently struck a nerve with several players.
Braun, along with other players, is now facing the possibility of a 100-game suspension for his link to the Biogenesis clinic and, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there are players around the league that are hopeful that there is enough evidence to kick the Brewers slugger out of baseball for good.
“They want him taken down if in fact there is evidence he used PEDs. The players have a strong sentiment about that,” Olney said as a guest on ESPN Radio’s SVP and Russillo on Wednesday. “They want him taken down so badly. Every clubhouse I go into, players are asking me about him.”
Braun failed a drug test during the 2011 playoffs but avoided suspension when he claimed his sample wasn’t handled properly. That, according to Olney, ignited a fire under others around the league.
“They were furious after he won his appeal because they thought it was ridiculous based on the information they had gotten,” Olney said. “Players were appalled about the way that he talked about the collector. … They look at him as a guy that has been a disgrace to the sport. And if in fact the evidence backs up what seems to be alleged here, they want him out of the sport.”