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Laurenzi addresses Braun's statements on tampering, collection process

Dino Laurenzi.

Laurenzi addresses Braun's statements on tampering, collection process

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Feb 28, 2012

KENOSHA- Dino Laurenzi, Jr., the collector at the center of the Ryan Braun drug-testing controversy, released a statement Tuesday, saying he followed proper procedures in storing test samples in the basement of his home.

The statement comes after strong words made by Ryan Braun during his press conference last Friday.

Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure tried to track down Laurenzi, but he is nowhere to be found.  Mercure reread the statement by Laurenzi on the show Tuesday.

Below are quotes by Ryan Braun from his press conference and the response by Dino Laurenzi.  

According to Braun, "There were a lot of things that we heard about the collection process, the collector and some other people involved in the process that have certainly been concerning to us."

In Laurenzi's statement, he responded by saying, "I am a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and have received Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago.   My full-time job is the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility.    In the past, I have worked as a teacher and an athletic trainer, including performing volunteer work with Olympic athletes.   I am a member of both the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association."

Braun went on to say, "There were upwards of 18 or 19 FedEx locations that were open between the ballpark and his house that he could have dropped the samples off at. Why he didn't bring it in, I don't know."

Laurenzi responded with, "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."

Braun questioned what could have happened to samples in the time it took Laurenzi to collect the sample to ship it to FedEx.  "Again, I honestly don't know what happened to it for that 44-hour period. There are a lot of different things that could have possibly happened."

Laurenzi retorted by saying, "The FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's samples never left my custody.  Consistent with CDT's instructions, I brought the FedEx Clinic Pack containing the samples to my home.  Immediately upon arriving home, I placed the FedEx Clinic Pack in a Rubbermaid container in my office which is located in my basement.   My basement office is sufficiently cool to store urine samples.  No one other than my wife was in my home during the period in which the samples were stored.  The sealed Specimen Boxes were not removed from the FedEx Clinic Pack during the entire period in which they were in my home.  On Monday, October 3, I delivered the FedEx Clinic Pack containing Mr. Braun's Specimen Box to a FedEx office for delivery to the laboratory on Tuesday, October 4.  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."

Braun called into question a possible tampering with the sample.  "We spoke to biochemists and scientists and we asked them, how difficult would it be to tamper with someone sample. If they were motivated, it would be extremely easy."

Laurenzi responded with, "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.   I sealed the bottles containing Mr. Braun's A and B samples with specially-numbered, tamper-resistant seals, and Mr. Braun signed a form certifying, among other things, that the specimens were capped and sealed in his presence and that the specimen identification numbers on the top of the form matched those on the seals....I placed the two bottles containing Mr. Braun's samples in a plastic bag and sealed the bag.   I then placed the sealed bag in a standard cardboard Specimen Box which I also sealed with a tamper-resistant, correspondingly-numbered seal placed over the box opening.   I then placed Mr. Braun's Specimen Box, and the Specimen Boxes containing the samples of the two other players, in a Federal Express Clinic Pack.  None of the sealed Specimen Boxes identified the players."

Braun declined to comment on Laurenzi's statement.