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Brewers OF Ryan Braun says he consulted Anthony Bosch only for appeal of positive PED test

02.06.13 at 8:32 am ET

Ryan Braun said in a statement Tuesday that he consulted Anthony Bosch, the founder of the Miami-based anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided PEDs to several baseball players, during his appeal of his positive PED test result in 2011.

Braun’s name is in the records of Bosch’s clinic, Biogenesis of America LLC, under the heading “Moneys owed,” along with Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, among others.

But Braun said that’s only due to a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s role in the appeal. The appeal was upheld by an arbitration panel when there were questions over how Braun’s sample, which had tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, had been handled.

“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant,” Braun said in his statement. “More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.”

David Cornwell, who led Braun’s defense team in the appeal last winter, also issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Bosch’s role in the process was minor.

“I was not familiar with Tony Bosch prior to Ryan Braun’s case. Bosch was introduced to me at the earliest stage of Ryan’s case,” Cornwell said. “I found Bosch’s value to be negligible and I followed my prior practice of relying on Aegis [Sciences Corporation] in the preparation of Ryan’s winning defense.”

Braun led the National League in home runs, slugging percentage and runs last year after being named NL MVP in 2011, the year he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.

“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch,” Braun said. “I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”

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