LOS ANGELES, February 6, 2013 — Ryan Braun has been linked to performance enhancing substances…again. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Braun’s name appears on a client list from the same anti-aging clinic in Miami that last week was exposed for providing Major League Baseball players with performance enhancing drugs.
In 2011, Ryan Braun had a positive drug test for performance enhancing drugs and was given a 50-game suspension. Braun appealed and eventually won on a technicality based on how his sample was handled. Braun, who will be representing the United States in the World Baseball Classic this year, won the Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and is a five-time all-star.
He was caught by a failed drug test and now his name appears alongside other players, who received performance-enhancing drugs. Seems like a good opportunity to just come clean and move, right? Braun issued a statement Tuesday saying, “During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant.
More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.” According to the list, Ryan Braun owed “20-30k” to the clinic. Ryan Braun’s lawyers issued a statement that contradicts that of Braun’s regarding the “consulting” services of Tony Bosch, the owner of the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.
In his statement, Braun’s attorney, David Cornwell said, “In the 15 years that I have represented players facing discipline under the various professional sports leagues’ substance abuse and steroid programs, I have relied primarily, if not exclusively, on Dr. David L. Black and his team of scientists at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, Tenn., as my experts with respect to scientific and other matters relevant to the testing of player specimens.”
Cornwell went on to say of Bosch, “I was not familiar with Tony Bosch prior to Ryan Braun’s case. Bosch was introduced to me at the earliest stage of Ryan’s case. I found Bosch’s value to be negligible and I followed my prior practice of relying on Aegis in the preparation of Ryan’s winning defense.”
Major League Baseball has the power to suspend players without positive drug tests if there is other evidence linking them to banned substances. While this was used to suspend Manny Ramirez in 2009, it remains unclear if Major League Baseball will suspend any of the players linked to Tony Bosch. Manny Ramirez was suspended for a first time when it was discovered that he received a prescription for human chorionic gonadotropin from Pedro Bosch, Tony Bosch’s father.
One would have to think that Major League Baseball would love to suspend Braun after being embarrassed by him in 2011. The New York Daily News reported that investigators for Major League baseball are currently in Miami reviewing the documents that were given to the New Miami Times, who initially broke the story that Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz were among names of current MLB players on a detailed client list of the now closed Biogenesis clinic.
Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball
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