Longtime friend files lawsuit against Ryan Braun
MILWAUKEE- A close friend of Ryan Bruan filed a lawsuit against the Brewers outfielder.
Ralph Sasson is claiming committed slander, libel, emotional distress, and fraud.
Sasson said he has a long stand friendship with Ryan Braun dating back to junior high all the way through College at the University of Miami.
He said they celebrated together and had a mutual trust.
Sasson said that back in November of 2011 he was contacted by Braun's agent and was asked to help in research for a client that tested positive for steroids.
Sasson said he was told he would be paid $2,000 for research and $5,000 when the client was exonerated.
The agent requested that Sasson do a background check on Dino Laurenzi, the man who collected Braun's urine.
The court documents go on to say that Sasson was also asked by Braun to prank phone call ESPN journalists for "disinformation purposes."
When Braun did beat the probe by MLB, Sasson asked to be paid, but he said he was told that because Braun already spent over $200,000 in legal fees and believed Sasson would have had more involvement, he would not be paid.
In June of 2012, Sasson was paid after sending a complaint and signing a release of all claims and non disclosure.
Sasson also claimed that Braun made defamatory statements against him like that he was rude to Miller Park staff and that Sasson was "crazy."
He went on to say that Braun went to alienate Sasson from their friends and that Braun himself stopped all communication with Sasson.
Sasson didn't want to go on camera but issue this statement to CBS 58:
“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.”