New York Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez and the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, who was third in this year’s National League Cy Young Award voting, have been named by the Miami New Times as clients of a Miami “anti-aging” clinic, known to be a supplier of banned performance enhancing drugs to pro athletes. Biogenesis, run by 49-year-old Anthony Bosch, suddenly closed last month, but an employee sent evidence to the New Times, including handwritten notations of players visits and specific drug use.
Rodriguez’s name appears 16 times, often alongside another name, Yuri Sucart. Sucart is A-Rod’s cousin and was identified as his previous PED supplier.
Rodriguez has denied the connection to Biogenesis and Bosch. Today he released the following statement:
“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.”
Gonzalez took to Twitter to also deny any relationship with the lab.
I’ve never used performance enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will ,I’ve never met or spoken with tony Bosch orused any substance
— Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47) January 29, 2013
Other athletes named as clients include 2012 NL All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera, who tested positive for PED’s this season and was suspended for 50 games; Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colón, who was also suspended this year for 50 games; Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa.