ESPN says Braun is on another Biogenesis document | Disciples of Uecker

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Ryan Braun reported to Spring Training today. He gave his second annual “State of Ryan Braun” speech. He stood by his earlier statement on the Biogenesis controversy, then went to work.

And then things got interesting.

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn — one of the writers that broke the story of Braun’s failed drug test in 2011 — reports for Outside the Lines that Braun’s name was found on another Biogenesis document with another dollar amount listed next to it.

The list was written in April, in the hand of Biogenesis of America clinic founder Anthony Bosch. Among the names is the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, and to the right of that name is a figure: $1,500.

That list, a source familiar with Bosch’s operation told “Outside the Lines,” indicates that those players received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch, and owed him money. The document, one of dozens obtained by “Outside the Lines,” suggests a closer link to Bosch and the now-shuttered clinic he ran in Coral Gables, Fla., than Braun has acknowledged.

Quinn and co-author Mike Fish very clearly say Braun’s inclusion on this list is not proof of PED use — probably because as the article notes, Braun’s people threatened legal action over this report — but they do say this “may draw him more squarely into the spotlight.” Like with the previous Biogenesis report, the newsworthiness of this story is directly tied to what could be implied, not what’s in the story itself.

This latest document has Braun’s name listed after Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, two guys who don’t have the deniability Braun has. The implication would seem to be he’s guilty by association, even without a link to PEDs from the lab.

This latest report has a comment from attorney Martin Singer saying that Braun being listed on this document is Tony Bosch “trying to get whatever money he could from Braun from the consulting arrangement.” If there’s going to be another Braun statement on this investigation — I personally wouldn’t count on it — that seems to be the line of defense they’d take.

As others have noted on Twitter, perhaps the most interesting part of the OTL report is the final paragraph — apparently, MLB has tried to get the DEA to investigate Biogenesis. So far, the DEA (and FBI) has done nothing. Even the Florida Department of Law Enforcement isn’t involved. At the risk of jumping to conclusions in a story already chock full of jumped-to-conclusions, if Biogenesis was actually dealing banned substances, the appropriate authorities would likely be bearing down on them by now. And they’re not.

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  1. Nicholas Zettel says: February 15, 2013

    This is getting beyond ridiculous — who is leaking these documents? Does anyone even know if the person leaking the documents is aware of what they mean? It’s almost like these steady leaks are planned.

    I’ll be really interested to see if this turns out to be anything more than Bosch writing down tons of ballplayers names and stashing them somewhere for a disgruntled employee to find. It’s especially interesting that you note that law enforcement agencies are not yet interested in this.

  2. Henry says: February 15, 2013

    Man, this Quinn guy apparently has it out for Braun.

    Not to sound like a huge homer (not gonna deny that I am, but I try to think far on this situation), someone on another forum had an interesting take on it. If they are suggesting that Braun’s name was on the list for purchasing PED’s, maybe his lawyers had purchased them for the purpose of testing samples during the appeal process?

  3. Jeremy says: February 15, 2013

    It says the list was written in April, presumably April 2012. Wouldn’t that suggest he supplied Braun around the same time? I find it hard to believe Braun was dumb enough to purchase PEDs weeks after being investigated and cleared.

  4. Mary Simon says: February 15, 2013

    April 2012? Seriously, April 2012? Why doesn’t that make people suspicious of Mr. Bosch since it boggles the mind to believe Ryan Braun would run to Anthony Bosch one month after winning his appeal and buy some more PEDs. You realize. if it is true. that Braun went and bought more PEDs in April 2012 that he is the most stupid person in the world. Is he that arrogant to think baseball wouldn’t be testing him constantly to catch him taking drugs? Braun may be arrogant but I don’t think he is stupid.

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