ESPN: Ryan Braun, A-Rod, 20 others could face 100-day suspension
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — ESPN is reporting as of Tuesday, June 4th, Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and others could be suspended due to their connection with Biogenesis clinic. Braun could face a 100-game suspension, after his name appeared on documents obtained from the Biogenesis clinic in February.
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The ESPN article states: “Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, “Outside the Lines” has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, two sources told “Outside the Lines,” giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.”
The Biogenesis clinic has been closed, after it was accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to a rash of baseball players. The clinic was later sued by MLB.
The 14-page complaint names Biogenesis, its predecessor and six individuals — among them Bosch, others at the company, someone who worked at a sports agency, a former University of Miami baseball player and a “self-proclaimed chemist” who supplied substances.
The accused, according to Major League Baseball, solicited players, supplied them with drugs and offered dosage recommendations in order not to test positive for banned substances under the league’s program.
Braun’s name was discovered on a list obtained from the Biogenesis clinic that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo. Also on the list are New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia.
Braun’s name is not, however, listed next to any specific PEDs.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun released this statement after the list from Biogenesis was released:
“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.
There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch’s work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under ‘moneys owed’ and not on any other list.
I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.
I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Braun has said he used the Biogenesis clinic as a consultant when he was previously targeted for suspension. A 50-game suspension for a positive drug test was overturned by an arbitrator. This, after Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone.
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