Suspended Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun told players around MLB prior to 2012 spring training that the man who collected his urine sample that tested positive for synthetic testosterone was anti-Semitic in an attempt to discredit him according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Braun also accused the man Dino Laurenzi Jr. of being a fan of the Chicago Cubs.
Braun went to some of the biggest stars in the game in hopes of drumming up some support including 2011 MVP runner-up Matt Kemp Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki among others. Many of the players Braun talked to reportedly believed the allegations against Laurenzi although a person close to the collector denied the anti-Semitic claim.
The positive test on Braun's urine in 2012 was initially going to cost the outfielder 50 games for violating the league's drug policy but he was let off the hook due to a chain-of-custody error during the process.