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.