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.

Comments (16)

  1. was similar testimony admitted into the appeal hearing? it just seems outrageous that braun’s judgement was reversed. if this stands, then every single specimen sample that was positive but went through a similar “hold” will have to be overturned by this precedent.

    unreal. just unreal. if i’m the players association i’m moving on appeals for all MLB players that have tested positive after giving friday afternoon samples.

    if i’m the MLB i fire myself for utter stupidity and gross negligence.

    if i’m me, which i am, i just shake my head at how fucking stupid the world is.

  2. Braun is a cheater. It’s a joke really. MLB has no problem testing Bautista a dozen times, ready and willing to throw the Blue Jays slugger under the bus in an instant, yet with undeniable evidence they allow this disgrace to steal an MVP award and spit in the faces of all the real baseball players who didn’t take the easy way out.

    • Actually Braun was tested just as many times as Bautista, and this was the only sample that returned positive. I get the feeling you’re not one to let facts get in the way of your opinion, but if anyone is pushing for Braun’s appeal to be overturned, it’s MLB.

      • The fact is the tamper-resistant seals were intact. I don’t understand what else there is to base a judgment on.

    • I give this a giant “meh”

  3. Well, Braun’s punishment may be a little more drastic than we yet know.

    Seriously, I’m just glad to see that people are still getting caught, even when they’re using harder-to-detect stuff; even with Braun’s punishment not being upheld, it’s a good sign and an effective deterrent to others.

    • Just so we are all on the same page here… the article you linked to is about a man who took steriods and then had fertility issues….
      and his name is “Thomas McNutt ”

      God… sometimes I really love this little blue and green planet of ours.

  4. In honour of Johnny Cochrane/Jackie Chiles, I offer:

    If you are late with the piss, YOU MUST DISMISS!!”

  5. Always, always, always distract from the real issue – that is how you mount a good defence.

  6. If you don’t like the way the argument is going, change the subject

  7. There is no need to tamper with a sample for it to go bad. In urine samples levels of all PED’s are measured relatively to something else in urine. Chemicals in liquid samples tend to react over time and degrade, especially when you have whole bunch of stuff, like in urine and have exposed them to oxygen (peeing). This is why storage has to be carefully regulated, because even though testosterone might not degrade, the reference chemical might. The only way to prevent this is to freeze the sample and the fact that MLB did not require that is dumb.

    The fact that testosterone levels in Braun’s sample was really high (3 times higher than anyone else tested) should have thrown up red flags, indicating that there is something wrong. I could’ve be any number of things, Braun could have had asparagus for dinner the night before which caused the testosterone reference to degrade when improperly stored. I just hate that MLB is piling the guilt on the player, who may be actually guilty and not taking responsibility for their own shoddy practices.

    • asparagus that contains synthetic tesosterone?

      another scientist/lawyer that has no clue what they’re talking about. what a shocker.

      also, it’s funny how little you pencil necked geeks know about steroids and how quickly you can clear a cycle from your system.

      read a book, or better yet, open a fucking journal. plos one has tons of free stuff for you to look at, if for some reason you are a university student and havne’t figured out how to look up papers…may god have mercy on your soul.

      • By the way, germ growth and contamination of sample could induce an increase in testosterone. Read (past tense) in a couple science journals that published such results, I am also a biochemistry student and can’t tell you how bad a sample could be without looking tainted and properly sealed.

        That asparagus is a hypothetical, if you didn’t read it that way, then God probably has mercy on your soul.

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