Just a week after Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, another controversy has broken loose.
The Miami New Times wrote a seven-page, shocking story revealing several prominent athletes who had received PEDs from a Miami clinic called Biogenesis.
The players listed include former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, current A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, former A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez and most notably, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees.
The New Times obtained a list of the clients and records of Biogensis, a phony anti-aging clinic that sold PEDs to athletes.
The culprit is 49-year-old Anthony “Tony” Bosch, a businessman mired in debt and divorces before starting Biogenesis.
Bosch kept neat composition books filled with “line after line of patient names and prescriptions.”
One by one, Bosch listed the players who had bought PEDs through Biogenesis.
The most stunning name was undoubtedly Rodriguez, who had admitted to taking PEDs only between 2001-2003 and was supposedly clean after that point. Instead, he paid $3,500 to Bosch for HGH and other banned substances that increase testosteorne, starting in 2009 and as recent as 2012.
Cabrera, who was in the midst of an unbelievable season where he led all of baseball in batting average, was abruptly suspended 50 games for failing a drug test.
Now we know the source of those drugs.
In his composition book, Bosch writes, “April 4th drop off, has enough meds until May 4… next visit deliver and infuse $9,000 to RPO and $900 exp. and charges. Call him for expense. Missing this mo. troches and pink cream.”
Cabrera mainly purchased IGF-1, a drug that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth.
Next up was Bartolo Colon, who was also suspended 50 games for failing a drug test in 2012. Colon was having a nice, bounce-back season with the A’s at the age of 39, going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA. Unfortunately, his accomplishment was aided by PEDs, coming straight from Bosch’s business. According to Bosch’s notebook, Colon owed $3,000 as of June 2012.
Then there’s Gio Gonzalez, a budding star who the A’s traded to the Nationals before the start of last season. Gonzalez had a breakout year, winning 21 games and finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting.
Gonzalez paid $1,000 for PEDs, including Aminorip, a muscle building protein.
He issued a statement denying the allegations, saying, “I’ve never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will. I’ve never met or spoken with (Biogenesis owner) Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.”
Major League Baseball also released a statement, claiming that “we are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances,” and that they are “actively involved in the issues in South Florida.”