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Report: Braun sued for defamation; suit claims he doped in college

Report: Braun sued for defamation; suit claims he doped in college

By Jay Sorgi with Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Aug 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A man who reportedly was suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun's friend for a long time has filed a lawsuit against him, and the lawsuit claims that Braun doped back in college.

According to ESPN, Ralph Sasson, 29, claims he helped Braun through an appeal of a positive steroid test after the 2011 season by finding out background information on Dino Laurenzi Jr., who took Braun's sample.

Sasson says that Braun said defamatory things to others afterward.

He says in the suit that Braun doped at the University of Miami, took money as a student-athlete and "committed academic fraud."

Sasson only told ESPN that the lawsuit spoke for itself.

"This lawsuit is an unfortunate attempt to capitalize on Ryan's recent press attention for taking responsibility for his actions. The factual allegations and the legal claims have absolutely no merit. We believe the lawsuit will be dismissed," lawyer Howard Weitzman, who represents Braun, said in a statement to ESPN.

Earlier Friday, report said that the a person in the camp of New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez may have obtained and leaked documents implicating Braun in the most recent doping scandal involving him.