Report: Lawsuit says Braun defamed man suing him to Rodgers, Attanasio, Shaikh, others

Jay Sorgi

Ryan Braun, Ralph Sasson. Photo: Image by Ralph Sasson.

Report: Lawsuit says Braun defamed man suing him to Rodgers, Attanasio, Shaikh, others

CREATED Aug. 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A lawsuit against suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun reportedly says that he defamed a longtime and former friend to a number of people, including Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and many others.

Journal Sentinel beat writer and 620WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt reports that Ralph Sasson is claiming that in a defamation suit filed July 31st against Braun.

Sasson added to Haudricourt, "it's all there" in the lawsuit.

Sasson says Braun was to pay him $5,000 if he was exonerated from an initial suspension of 50 games for PED use after Sasson assisted in research into the man who handled Braun's test, Dino Laurenzi.

Haudricourt says Sasson initially was not paid, until he went to Braun's condominium where he was paid and signed a confidentiality agreement.

Braun then reportedly defamed him to others such as Rodgers, Attanasio and Braun's business partner Omar Shaikh.

Some of what Sasson has as "requests for admission" include lies told during a news conference in 2012 and getting his $105 million contract extension while not telling the Brewers about his PED use.

There have been reports Braun would publicly speak about his PED use, as early as Monday.

Sasson sent this statement to TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke:

"Due to the immense public controversy stemming from Ryan Braun's suspension by Major League Baseball, it is not lost on me that my recent court filing has thrust my family and myself into the public eye. Given the circumstances, it is only natural that I be asked to provide public comment on this matter. Notwithstanding, my intention is to try this case in a court of law and not the court of public opinion. I am a private citizen and I deeply value my privacy. As such, I will provide no further comment at this time. I respectfully request that others sympathize with my desire to not comment on this matter as doing so may prove prejudicial to my case."

Click here for Tom Haudricourt's full story.

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