Former National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun said he consulted with a Miami clinic operator accused of supplying banned drugs to Major League Baseball players while defending himself against doping charges last year.
The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder released a statement last night after Yahoo Sports said it had obtained three records from the Biogenesis of America clinic run by Anthony Bosch that showed Braun’s name. Braun’s name was not listed next to any specific performance-enhancing drug, Yahoo reported.
Braun, 29, the NL MVP in 2011, avoided a 50-game drug suspension last season when he won an appeal against MLB by arguing his urine test sample had been mishandled.
“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,” Braun said in the statement. “I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.”
Braun’s statement comes a week after the Miami New Times newspaper reported that major leaguers Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals and Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers had ties to Bosch’s anti-aging clinic. ESPN later reported that Rodriguez received injections from Bosch at the player’s Florida home.
Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon, both of whom served 50-game drug suspensions last season, also were among the major leaguers cited by the New Times as having connections to the clinic.
Rodriguez, 37, said in a statement following the Jan. 29 New Times report that he wasn’t a patient of Bosch and was never treated or advised by him. Terry Fahn, a spokesman for Rodriguez, said Feb. 1 in a telephone interview that the ESPN story wasn’t true.
Bosch’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a Jan. 29 statement that “Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him.”
MLB said following the Miami New Times report that it is investigating the situation and declined further comment.
The Yahoo report yesterday said Braun’s name appeared on a list under the heading “Baseball” that also included Rodriguez, Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who released a statement last night saying he consulted with Biogenesis following a foot injury in March 2011 “for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery.”
“I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by MLB,” Cervelli said in his statement.