The Sample Collector Speaks

Get paid. Get Money.Drew Olson of ESPN Wisconsin brings us a statement from Dino Laurenzi Jr. who collected and stored the sample from Ryan Braun’s much disputed drug test.

Laurenzi lays out a well articulated defense of himself, opening his statement by quoting Braun’s reference to the “suspicious” collection process from the slugger’s recent press conference and then informing us of the resulting release of his name by the media. From there, he lists his qualifications and accounts for the process that came under fire in Braun’s appeal.

I followed the same procedure in collecting Mr. Braun’s sample as I did in the hundreds of other samples I collected under the Program.

Laurenzi continues:

I completed my collections at Miller Park at approximately 5:00 p.m. Given the lateness of the hour that I completed my collections, there was no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.

Therefore, 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.

His most definitive statement follows:

At no point did I tamper in any way with the samples. It is my understanding that the samples were received at the laboratory with all tamper-resistant seals intact.

After reading through the entirety of Laurenzi’s very convincing defense, it seems as though the only good thing to come out of this entire affair is the realization that the guilt or innocence of an individual probably shouldn’t be proclaimed by those with only partial bits of a whole story.