Miami clinic said linked to sports figures

Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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MIAMI, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The records of a defunct Miami clinic linked to steroids contain the names of a number of famous sports figures, the Miami New Times reported Tuesday.

The newspaper, which conducted a three-month investigation, said the records were given to it by a former employee of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic not far from the University of Miami campus. The clinic closed last month and its records "are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone to testosterone to anabolic steroids," the New Times said.

The newspaper said names in the records include New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, and other athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, Cuban star boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz.

The names also include former University of Miami ace Cesar Carrillo, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal. Washington Nationals star Gio Gonzalez and notable coaches, including UM baseball conditioning coach Jimmy Goins, the newspaper said.

The New Times said interviews with six customers and two former employees corroborate the patient files, payment records and handwritten notebooks from the clinic's director, Anthony Bosch.

The son of prominent Coral Gables physician Pedro Publio Bosch, Anthony Bosch was connected with banned substances when Manny Ramirez, who played for several teams, was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy in 2009, the newspaper said.

MLB confirmed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating the Bosches, father and son, for allegedly giving Ramirez HCG, a compound used at the end of steroid cycles, the Miami Times said.

The Bosches were never charged with a crime, but both failed to respond to a hand-delivered letter, the newspaper said. When reached on their cellphones, they declined to speak with New Times. Those mentioned in the records also didn't respond.

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