MLB clears Howard, Zim­mer­man

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NEW YORK >> Philadel­phia’s Ryan Howard and Wash­ing­ton’s Ryan Zim­mer­man have been cleared by Ma­jor League Base­ball of al­le­ga­tions they used banned per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

Phar­ma­cist Char­lie Sly claimed in an Al-Jazeera Amer­ica doc­u­men­tary “The Dark Side: Se­crets of Sports Dop­ing,” which was broad­cast Dec. 27, that the two used banned per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

In a brief state­ment Fri­day, MLB said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion “did not find any vi­o­la­tions of the Joint Drug Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment Pro­gram by ei­ther Howard or Zim­mer­man.”

MLB said the play­ers co­op­er­ated with its in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Sly did not.

Howard, a three-time All-Star, and Zim­mer­man, a one-time All-Star, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and in Jan­uary sued Al-Jazeera Amer­ica, Al Jazeera re­porter Deb­o­rah Davies and for­mer hur­dler Liam James Collins, who was said to have as­sisted in the doc­u­men­tary’s re­port­ing. The suits, filed in U.S. District Court in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., claimed defama­tion and false light in­va­sion of pri­vacy.

“The ac­cu­sa­tions from Al-Jazeera came out of nowhere, and I was shocked and out­raged by their false claims,” Howard said in a state­ment.

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