Ryan Braun sued by friend, who alleges PED use in college

Mark Hirsch

The Milwaukee outfielder may have to defend himself in court for allegedly making defamatory remarks about a former associate.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, currently serving a suspension for his connection in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, is being sued by a former friend according to ESPN. The lawsuit alleges that Braun defamed his friend while he was helping him successfully appeal a PED suspension.

Ralph Sasson, 29, also accuses Braun of taking steroids while at the University of Miami, committing academic fraud, and accepting money while he was still a college athlete. Sasson says that he was contacted in 2011 and tasked with the job of doing research on Dino Laurenzi, Jr., the tester that conducted Braun's positive PED sample.

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Braun's attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement that the case has "no merit":

"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," he said in a statement.

The lawsuit claims that Braun made defamatory statements about Sasson to "undisclosed parties" and that he refused to "prank call" an ESPN reporter that was conducting the network's investigation into Braun. It is not known was sort of damages Sasson is seeking in the case.

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