Aug 20, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches the ball during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Coliseum. The Athletics won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Gio Gonzalez: "I Have Never Taken Performance-Enhancing Drugs"

Gio Gonzalez was loved in Oakland, and was regarded as the future of the team. The lefty won 16 games for the A’s in 2011, and was the team’s lone All-Star.

That all changed when he was traded last off-season as part of Billy Beane’s fire sale to the Washington Nationals. As dominant as he was in Oakland, he blossomed into a superstar in our nation’s capital. Gonzalez won 21 games while recording a 2.89 ERA, and finished third in the Cy Young award voting.

However, allegations against him came forward in the Miami New Times report that revealed the names of several prominent athletes who purchased PEDs from a Miami clinic.

Suffice it to say, the benevolent Gonzalez was shocked that his name was in the report.

“You’re stunned. You’re shocked,” he said Tuesday. “Your name has been brought up out of nowhere. You can’t do nothing about it. You just have to wait it out and listen to what’s going on. You can’t jump the gun. You can’t jump to conclusions. At the end of the day you just have to listen in and wait patiently.”

Like many others who were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, Gonzalez vehemently denied the charge.

“I feel very confident,” he maintained. “I think that at the end of the day I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will.”

The latest word on the New Times report is that MLB has asked the paper for Tony Bosch’s records. Bosch was the mastermind behind the “anti-aging” clinic that functioned as a one-stop for PEDs.

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