Ryan Braun has been listed on the records of a clinic alleged to have supplied PEDs to athletes.
This is not the first time Braun has been in a PED scandal. After winning the 2011 NLB Most Valuable Player award, the Brewer’s left fielder was suspended fifty games for having high testosterone in his urine.
Braun managed to get his suspension overturned on a technicality. He claimed his urine sample was mishandled and therefore could have been tampered with.
Now Ryan Braun has been named by the same Miami Clinic that recently named Alex Rodriguez and a number for other high profile baseball players as clients who paid for steroids and other banned substances.
Yahoo Sports obtained documents from the clinic, Biogenesis, including client records. Ryan Braun’s name is listed in Biogenesis’ records.
Braun’s name is not listed with any specific steroids though. The all-star and his attorneys claim they retained Anthony Bosch, Biogenesis’ operator, as a consultant during his 2011 appeal.
About being listed, Braun says:
“I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
He then tries to explain why he is still connected with Bosch:
“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 [testosterone-to-epitestosterone] ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.”
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, who broke the story, is quick to point out at that Braun’s explanation does not actually answer any questions.
If found guilty, the results could be disastrous for Braun; He is still under contract for eight years and $130 million. That’s a lot of money to lose for trying to get a competitive edge.
Do you think Ryan Braun is guilty of PED use after his second allegation in three years?
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