Reports: Ryan Braun's name among those listed in alleged performance-enhancing drug scandal
Ryan Braun | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MIAMI - Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun's name has been listed among those at a Miami-area clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs.
"Three of the Biogenesis clinic records obtained by Yahoo! Sports show Braun's name," said Tim Brown and Jeff Passan with Yahoo!. "Unlike the players named by the Miami New Times in its report that blew open the Biogenesis case, Braun's name is not listed next to any specific PEDs."
Major League Baseball is investigating the clinic to see how much the operator, Anthony Borsh, may have dispersed the drugs through the baseball community.
"The league could pursue punishment through non-analytical positives – evidentiary links to players without positive tests – and one source said it will not limit the potential discipline to those whose names are surfacing for the first time, meaning those who have faced suspensions in the past could again be tried," said Brown and Passan.
Braun's name is on a list with the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Cesar Carrillo, New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia, according to the New Times.
"Later in the document are multiple mentions of Chris Lyons, one of Braun's attorneys during the 2011-12 offseason when he fought a positive drug test," said Yahoo! Sports. "While Braun never contested the findings of the test, which found elevated testosterone levels in his urine, a 50-game suspension was overturned after chain-of-custody issues arose from the test-taker keeping the specimen in his basement over the weekend instead of immediately shipping it to a testing lab. Braun denied use of testosterone publicly."
Bosch and the listed players issued blanket denials after the New Times report was released.
"Rodriguez said in a statement he was never treated by Bosch and '(t)he purported documents referenced in the story – at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez – are not legitimate,'" said Yahoo! Sports. "Rodriguez also denied an ESPN.com report that Bosch had personally injected him."
According to Yahoo, Braun still has eight years (and more than $130 million) left on his current contract.