Kenosha athletic trainer identified as handler of Braun's sample
MILWAUKEE- Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Trenni Kusnierek is reporting that Dino Laurenzi, an athletic trainer from Pleasant Prairie, is the individual who handled Ryan Braun's urine sample back on October 1, 2011, after Game 1 of NLDS.
Braun, who did not identify Laurenzi by name, said the collector left Miller Park at 5 p.m. that day, but did not deliver the sample to a FedEx location until 44 hours after the test was taken. Braun noted that the drug program requires that samples be taken to FedEx immediately, "absent unusual circumstances."
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Trenni Kusnerik went to his home in Pleasant Prairie, looking for answers. No one was there.
She spoke with Patrick Courtny, with Major League Baseball Public Relations in New York and said that Laurenzi "....will not be commenting."
Yahoo! Sports broke the story that that Laurenzi was the person who handled Braun's sample that day. They say that Laurenzi has been collecting specimens for MLB since 2005 as well as the NFL and NHL through his job with Comprehensive Drug Testing.
According to Yahoo! Sports: Laurenzi placed a box of specimens, including Braun’s, inside a cooler in his basement when the FedEx location he stopped at no longer was shipping packages after Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to sources. The package sat in his basement between Saturday and Monday, before it was shipped to the laboratory in Montreal that runs tests for MLB.
Trenni Kusnierek was in Kenosha Friday afternoon to try and get a statement from Laurenzi, but he has not returned or answered any phone calls.
She said that he has worked at St. Catherine's Hospital in their Physical Therapy department.
The Journal Sentinel reports that, according to his business card, Laurenzi is the director of rehabilitation services for United Hospital System. The back of the card includes this notation: "The Sports Medicine Department at United Hospital System is an official national rehabilitation network site for U.S. athletes and, therefore, bears the seal of the U.S. Olympic Committee."