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Alex Rodriguez reportedly bought Biogenesis records to destroy them

alex rodriguezThere’s a saying that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. If you believe that adage plus a report from The New York Times, then you would be led to conclude that Alex Rodriguez is guilty when it comes to his alleged involvement with the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that MLB has paid some former Biogenesis employees for documents related to the case. They also reported that players implicated in the scandal were also attempting to purchase the records in order to destroy the potentially incriminating evidence. Now we’re learning that one of the players reportedly was Alex Rodriguez.

The New York Times reported on Friday that MLB investigators believe it was a representative for Alex Rodriguez who tried purchasing the documents. The Times says two people say A-Rod was the player who purchased the documents.

Rodriguez has denied the allegation.

The New York Daily News provided a more extensive account of the situation. According to The Daily News, an intermediary who invested with Biogenesis began shopping the documents to players named in the records and media outlets in an effort to recoup lost money. They say A-Rod bought it and sent one of his people to retrieve the documents.

Rodriguez was among several players implicated in the scandal that broke late January. He, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal were among the athletes whose names appeared in the now-defunct anti-aging clinic’s records. Ryan Braun was also later tied to the company, though he had an excuse for his name appearing in the records of clinic leader Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez faced the strongest allegations of all; reports said he personally received injections from Bosch.

Rodriguez is currently rehabbing a hip injury and under contract with the Yankees through 2017. He has admitted to using steroids in the past after being implicated by a 2009 Sports Illustrated report.

Ryan Braun reportedly on list of players who received PEDs from Biogenesis

Ryan BraunRyan Braun said in a statement that his name appeared in Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis records because his legal team used Bosch as a consultant for its suspension appeal case. ESPN appears to have found evidence suggesting Braun’s name also appeared on a list of players who received performance-enhancing drugs from the company.

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish report that Braun’s name appears on a list written by Bosch that has the figure 1500 next to the name. A source told them that the list is for players who received PEDs from Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic.

Francisco Cervelli’s name appears below Braun’s, while Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez appear above it. Cabrera was suspended 50 games after tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone last season. Rodriguez admitted in 2008 to using PEDs earlier in his career, though he denies involvement with Biogenesis.

Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during his MVP season in 2011. He avoided suspension because the urine sample collector did not follow proper protocol when sending the sample back to the lab for testing.

Previous Bosch records published by Yahoo! Sports had “RB 20-30k” listed. Braun’s statement said that was because there was a dispute over how much he owed Bosch for his services as a consultant. The new document would put a hole in that explanation.

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Ryan Braun listed in Biogenesis records, claims he used Anthony Bosch as consultant during appeal

Ryan BraunRyan Braun’s name was listed in Biogenesis clinic records, but the former NL MVP says that is only because his team used Anthony Bosch as a consultant during his suspension appeal last year.

Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that Braun’s name was listed three times in Biogenesis records they obtained. They say his name was not listed next to any PEDs, but that numerical notations “RB 20-30K” appeared by his name, which may be the amount of money he owed the clinic.

Biogenesis documents also reportedly mention Chris Lyons, who was one of Braun’s attorneys when he appealed his PED suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011. Braun escaped the suspension because the sample collector did not follow the proper chain of command. Braun never explained why his sample contained elevated levels of testosterone.

Braun released the following statement in response to his reported connection with Biogenesis:

“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’s explanation is about as solid as it gets, though there is plenty of circumstantial evidence against him.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Braun’s name appears on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Cesar Carrillo, all of whom received PEDs from Bosch, per the Miami New Times. Cabrera failed a drug test last season.

Braun reportedly was road roommates with Carrillo, who is a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, for three years at Miami. Braun’s strength coach for three years at Miami was Jimmy Goins, who was listed as a PED supplier by the New Times.

There is no concrete evidence proving Braun has used PEDs, but he is facing an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence.

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Anthony Bosch reportedly was running BALCO of the East, supplying A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky, Colon

anthony bosch mugMiami New Times dropped a bombshell report on Tuesday in which they exposed Dr. Anthony Bosch (pictured) of running an anti-aging clinic that also doubled as a performance-enhancing drugs supplier to many athletes.

Bosch’s company, Biogenesis, sold PEDs ranging from HGH to steroids. Biogenesis’ client list reportedly included sluggers like Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz, among others. Biogenesis operated on a similar scale to BALCO, the company formerly run by Victor Conte, that supplied drugs to athletes like Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Marion Jones.

Miami New Times reports that Bosch has a history of racking up bad debts and stiffing ex-wives over support payments. His company reportedly was not paying employees. They would often supply patients (non-athletes) with steroid cycles and diuretics.

Miami New Times went through several documents and Bosch’s personal records to determine which athletes were mentioned and listed as customers. They found several baseball players, a boxer, and tennis player listed, many of whom have already been caught using PEDs.

The list includes:

    - New York Yankees DH/3B Alex Rodriguez, who admitted to past steroid use after being busted by Sports Illustrated in 2009.
    - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was busted for using PEDs during a breakout 2012 season. His name appeared in Bosch’s records 14 times.
    - Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2012.
    - San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who was suspended in November for elevated levels of testosterone.
    - Tennis player Wayne Odesnik, who was caught transporting HGH across international borders and was suspended a year by the ITF.
    - Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has belted 108 home runs in the last four seasons. He was mentioned in a July, 2012 customer sheet under the code name “Mohamad.”
    - Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who won 21 games last season.
    - Boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, who is 22-0,

As you read, the first five names listed have either tested positive in the past year, or have been busted in the past for PED use/association.

Bosch was also the doctor who prescribed Manny Ramirez HCG when he tested positive for the female fertility drug while with the Dodgers in 2009.

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