“I don’t know, for whatever reason he doesn’t choose to talk at the moment,” said Abraham Ruiz, a close friend of Gonzalez since high school and his frequent barber in South Florida. “My job as a friend is to be there for him in this tough time. I’m sure, eventually, when the time is right, Gio will talk.”
A lengthy Miami New Times investigation published Tuesday linked Gonzalez and some of baseball’s biggest names, such as Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, to a Coral Gables clinic named Biogenesis and the facility’s chief, Anthony Bosch, who allegedly provided some of them banned drugs such as human growth hormone and testosterone.
According to Bosch’s handwritten notes and files provided to the alternative weekly, Gonzalez is tied to substances listed as zinc, MIC, Aminorip and a “pink cream,” which is described as containing testosterone.
Jimmy Goins, a University of Miami strength coach who worked with the school’s baseball team, also appears in Bosch’s notes cited by the New Times report for purchases of Anavar, testosterone, Winstrol and HGH. Gonzalez, a Miami area resident and native, trained at the university during the offseason. In early November, he posted a photo on Instagram of Goins and himself with the caption, “My offseason strength coach Jimmy Goins.”
Goins was suspended by the university, according to a report in the Miami Herald. A reporter visited the campus around the times Gonzalez normally trains at the university’s facilities but he couldn’t be found. Goins declined to comment, and questions about Goins and Gonzalez were referred to the university’s athletic department spokesman, Chris Freet, who provided a written statement.
“We cannot comment further while we review reports regarding one of our employees,” Freet wrote.
Goins’s attorney, Gordon Fenderson, denied any wrongdoing by his client. When asked about Goins’s relationship with Gonzalez, Fenderson said he wasn’t aware of it.
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Gonzalez has not responded to repeated requests for comment, through representatives and friends. A cousin said Gonzalez wasn’t home Friday evening when a reporter visited his house in Southwest Ranches, about 20 miles north of his home town of Hialeah and 30 miles from the University of Miami.
Gonzalez said via Twitter on Tuesday that he had “never met or spoken with” Bosch. Gonzalez’s father, Max, denied his son’s use of any banned substances to the New Times and said that it was he, not his son, who had consulted with Bosch on a weight-loss program. On some documents released by the New Times, both Max and Gio Gonzalez’s names appear on the same page.