Major League Baseball is aiming to suspend about 20 players in a performance-enhancing drug scandal now that the founder of a Florida clinic has agreed to cooperate with the sport’s investigation, ESPN reported. USA TODAY also reported that the founder, Anthony Bosch, and the league had reached an agreement. Miami New Times first reported in January that a number of players had purchased proscribed drugs from the clinic, Biogenesis of America, which has since closed.
Bosch previously denied any knowledge of the reported sales, but according to ESPN, he decided to cooperate after the league sued him in March:
In a recent interview with ESPN, his only one since the scandal broke, Bosch said he knew nothing about performance-enhancing drugs and that media accounts of his alleged PED distribution amounted to “character assassination.”
“I have been accused, tried and convicted in the media. And so I think [I] have been falsely accused throughout the media,” he told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
But sources said Bosch has been feeling pressure from both the MLB lawsuit, which claims tortious interference, and a potential criminal investigation, and that he sees full cooperation with MLB as one of his only refuges. Several attorneys have said they don’t think the lawsuit could survive a legal challenge, but Bosch likely would have to put up a costly fight in order to have the case dismissed. Several sources have told ESPN that Bosch is nearly broke, living alternately with family members and friends, and has tried unsuccessfully so far to revive his “wellness” business.
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As James Wagner explains, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez might also have purchased substances from the clinic, but not banned ones. Attorneys from the Major League Baseball Players’ Association will represent any player questioned in connection with the league’s investigation.