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A-Rod, More Athletes Implicated in Steroid Controversy

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

A Miami clinic was the subject of a “Miami New Times” report naming several athletes as PED clients.

A-Rod, More Athletes Implicated in Steroid Controversy

Miami New Times opened a new steroid-in-sports floodgate with their investigative report released today on Miami anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, a clinic that they link to athletes like Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera among many others across several sports. The paper was able to acquire documents, records, and testimonies from former employees/customers that corroborate all of their findings.

The records are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids.

Interviews with six customers and two former employees corroborate the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic's chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch.

Bosch's history with steroids also adds credence to the paperwork. The son of a prominent Coral Gables physician named Pedro Publio Bosch, he was connected with banned substances when slugger Manny Ramirez was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy in 2009. At the time, MLB confirmed the Drug Enforcement Administration was probing the father and son for allegedly providing Ramirez with HCG, a compound often used at the tail end of steroid cycles.

The lengthy story goes on to detail the chief of the clinic, Anthony Bosch, the history of the clinic, and very specific details of Rodriguez's involvement with the clinic during a period he claims he was clean.

Yet there was [Rodriguez's] name, over and over again, logged as either "Alex Rodriguez," "Alex Rod," or his nickname at the clinic, "Cacique," a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief. Rodriguez's name appears 16 times throughout the records New Times reviewed.

Take, for instance, one patient list from Bosch's 2009 personal notebook. It charts more than 50 clients and notes whether they received their drugs by delivery or in the office, how much they paid, and what they were taking.

There, at number seven on the list, is Alex Rodriguez. He paid $3,500, Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet." HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams.

That's not the only damning evidence against A-Rod, though. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: "Test. cream... troches prior to workout... and GHRP... IGF-1... pink cream."

IGF-1 is a banned substance in baseball that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth.

Since the report came out, Rodriguez issued a statement completely denying any involvement and claiming innocence:

"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story -- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez -- are not legitimate."

Rodriguez already finds himself in a precarious situation with the Yankees due to his performance and now his crumbling body. A new steroid allegation against him is the latest thing that could finally split up these two. Many have called for the Yankees to attempt to void his contract as a result, and it seems like they would have a strong case. He's already admitted to steroid use, he has suffered several injuries recently that steroids would have aided during the recovery process, and with $114 million left on the contract, it New York would certainly have strong motivations to try and get out of it however they can.

On the larger scale, this issue raises questions about Bud Selig's steroid policy if high-profile players like this have been able to get away with it for so long. Selig constructed one of the toughest anti-drug policies in sports, but the real problem is being able to keep up with the science. Cheaters will always be a step ahead, and this has been made extremely evident. 

There is plenty yet to come down as a result of all of this, but for now we will have to wait and see what happens.

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