Ryan Braun's successful appeal: MLB advises players to stick to supplements certified by Ann Arbor area firm
Major League Baseball advises players to stick to supplements certified by an Ann Arbor area not-for-profit to avoid running afoul of the league's drug policy.
That policy was thrust into the spotlight after Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award winner Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
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MLB contracts with Ann Arbor Township-based NSF International to develop a list of supplements that won't set off alarms at drug testing laboratories.
"These are the only substances that are approved and cannot result in a positive drug test," the Journal Sentinel reported in December. "Each spring, players are reminded to make sure anything they consume is NSF approved."
But Braun told USA Today that he never violated league rules.
"I did not do this,'' Braun said. "If I had done this intentionally, or unintentionally,'' Braun said, "I'd be the first one to stand up and say I did it. I truly believe in my heart, and I would bet my life, that this substance never entered my body at any point.''
MLB, however, is "still convinced that the sample tested came from Braun, and that the positive test result was correct," ESPN reported.
NSF, which has more than $140 million in annual revenue and more than 400 employees at its headquarters on Dixboro Road, declined to comment on Braun's successful appeal.
"We don’t have any knowledge of the case or the circumstances so it would be inappropriate for us to comment," NSF spokeswoman Greta Houlahan told AnnArbor.com in an email.