Performance Enhancing Drugs
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from rambling testimony he gave during a 2003 appearance before a grand jury investigating elite athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Six-time All-Star Miguel Tejada, who has played for the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, was suspended for 105 games for his second and third positive tests for amphetamines. But now reports indicate that MLB also had the option to go after Tejada in the Biogenesis probe.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Alex Rodriguez sought advice on supplements from Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative founder Victor Conte, who was at the center of the largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping.
13 players were penalized Monday as a result of Major League Baseball’s six-month-plus drug investigation of Biogenesis. But the Oakland A’s were able to breathe a sigh of relief as pitching ace Bartolo Colon was not among the players punished for his involvement in the scandal.
Four All-Stars this year – San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta – have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis, the closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing PEDs.
MLB asked the phone companies for call records, texts and subscriber info for the phones of Juan Carlos Nunez, an associate of outfielder Melky Cabrera – formerly of the San Francisco Giants.
A-Rod, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Former Giant Melky Cabrera and current Athletic Bartolo Colon are among the 20 or so players who may be disciplined for their links to the now-closed Miami clinic, Biogenesis of America.
Newly surfaced documents documents reportedly add five names to the list of ballplayers linked to Anthony Bosch’s controversial Biogenesis clinic, including Oakland A’s reliever Jordan Norberto.
The 37-year-old Lewis, who has announced he will retire after playing against the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl, dismissed the report as “stupidity.”
That was John Madden’s reaction to the Giants three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers following the suspension of their star outfielder for use of performance enhancing drugs.