A-rod de­nies buy­ing HGH from Mi­ami-area clinic

Report claims Yan­kee player pur­chased per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - RON­ALD BLUM

NEW YORK • Alex Rodriguez de­nied a news­pa­per report that ac­cused him of buy­ing hu­man growth hor­mone and other per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances from a Mi­ami-area clinic.

The Mi­ami New Times, an alternative weekly, re­ported Tues­day that it ob­tained records de­tail­ing pur­chases by Rodriguez, Toronto out­fielder Melky Cabr­era, Gio Gon­za­lez, Bar­tolo Colon, Nel­son Cruz and Yas­mani Gran­dal from a clinic called Bio­gen­e­sis, run by An­thony Bosch. The pa­per also posted copies of what it said were Bosch’s hand­writ­ten records, ob­tained through a former Bio­gen­e­sis em­ployee.

Rodriguez ad­mit­ted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03. Cabr­era, Colon and Gran­dal were sus­pended for 50 games each last year by MLB fol­low­ing tests for el­e­vated testos­terone.

“We are al­ways ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to learn of po­ten­tial links be­tween play­ers and the use of per­for­manceen­hanc­ing sub­stances,” MLB said in a state­ment. “We are in the midst of an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are gath­er­ing and re­view­ing in­for­ma­tion.”

A base­ball of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to make pub­lic state­ments, said Mon­day that MLB did not have any doc­u­men­ta­tion re­gard­ing the al­le­ga­tions. If MLB does ob­tain ev­i­dence, the play­ers could be sub­ject to dis­ci­pline. First of­fences re­sult in a 50-game sus­pen­sion and sec­ond in­frac­tions in 100-game penal­ties. A third vi­o­la­tion re­sults in a life­time ban.

Rodriguez is side­lined for at least the first half of the sea­son af­ter hip surgery Jan. 16. A 50-game sus­pen­sion would cost him $7.65 mil­lion US of his $28-mil­lion salary.

“The news report about a pur­ported re­la­tion­ship be­tween Alex Rodriguez and An­thony Bosch are not true,” Rodriguez said in a state­ment is­sued by a pub­li­cist. “He 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.”

He has re­tained at­tor­ney Roy Black whose clients have in­cluded Rush Lim­baugh and Wil­liam Kennedy Smith.

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