Report: Ryan Braun claimed Dino Laurenzi, Jr. was an anti-Semite

If you were still wondering just how despicable Ryan Braun’s actions were in the wake of his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone late in the 2011 baseball season, I think we may have finally hit rock bottom.

Ryan BraunAccording to a new report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, while mounting a campaign for support of his appeal against a suspension in early 2012, Braun claimed the man who handled his positive test – Dino Laurenzi, Jr. – was anti-Semetic. Braun, who is Jewish, also said that Laurenzi was a Chicago Cubs fan, implying that he would have an incentive in seeing Braun suspended.

Braun successfully appeal the 50-game suspension in 2012 due to questions about how Laurenzi had handled the test, but never actually disputed the fact that he had tested positive. Braun was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2013 season on July 22 due to his connection to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

Braun reportedly called fellow major leaguers to rally support for his cause. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were among those contacted. A number of the players Braun reached out to, and some of his teammates, believed the allegations about Laurenzi.

A source close to Laurenzi has said any allegations of anti-Semitism are completely untrue.

A person close to Braun issued the following statement to ESPN:

Ryan isn’t currently commenting on anything – rumor or reality – related to his arbitration process or his suspension. He has acknowledged mistakes, accepted his punishment, and is beginning to make amends and will comment at an appropriate time.

After Braun won his appeal, he referred to Laurenzi derisively in a statement to the press, essentially blaming him for the positive test.

Over the past few days rumors have circulated that Braun is planning to speak publicly for the first time since his drug suspension at some point in the near future, perhaps as soon as Monday. Sources close to Braun are indicating that he wants to make things right.

Personally, I think it’s going to take a lot for Braun to “make things right.” And the first person he should be apologizing to is Dino Laurenzi Jr.



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  1. AJ Kaufman says:

    Good points, Mr. Phillips. As a Jew, I consider Braun about as “Jewish” as Matt Kemp or Joey Votto. His mother is Catholic; he’s played on the holiest of Jewish holidays, and in his own words: “I didn’t have a Bar Mitzvah…. I didn’t celebrate the holidays.”

    So accusing someone of anti-semitism is very weak and, frankly, pathetic. Most people don’t even know he’s Jewish, and when making serious investigations, religion doesn’t factor in — nor does gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. I want to make that clear. Anytime a troubled athletes/celeb/politician/regular citizen plays the race/gender/sexual orientation/religion card (and many do), let’s realize it’s 99.9% of the time unjustified.

    Calling people names and accusing them of bigotry is simply weak and ignores the furor of any serious situation.

  2. I find it comical that he still hasn’t come out yet and spoke. We’ve heard more about what he is going to say, but still nothing. Way to stand up to the plate (no pun intended) and face the music. I wouldn’t be surprised if he just send outs a statement or better yet go on some show where no questions or any hard questions will be asked.

  3. He is a piece of SHIT and should be banned from ever paying baseball again – the game doesn’t need someone him!

  4. Sandy Thornton says:

    Just go away.

  5. “Hit rock bottom” huh? That’s fair. And the next time a black athlete claims “racism” for not being chosen as an all star or denied a raise, I am sure you will have the balls to make the same evaluation.

  6. All the garbage that this fella threw-out to the media and fans regarding his positive test results were beyond the pale than as they are now. To know full well that you are guilty as all get out(highest testosterone levels ever seen) and still lamely striking at the poor guy doing collecting is a sign of the void in his soul(another A-Rod)??

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