|The latest round of PED allegations make Braun look pretty bad. (US Presswire)|
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been linked to the South Florida clinic Biogenesis with a new document, report T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN. The new document, shown partially below, was written by clinic chief Anthony Bosch in April. The amounts indicate money owed for performance-enhancing drugs according to Quinn and Fish, and there is "no other reason to be on that paper."
Braun, 29, was first connected to Bosch and Biogenesis last month. He then released a statement saying his attorneys used Bosch as a consultant during his successful PED appeal last winter, though his contribution was negligible. Attorney Martin Singer responded to questions posed to Braun's publicist:
"My client confirmed last week that there was an alleged claim for money owed to Mr. Bosch because he had been used as a consultant by my client's attorneys in his successful appeal with MLB last year. Several witnesses can corroborate how Mr. Bosch requested over thousands of dollars for his consulting with my client's attorneys last year. My client has no relationship with Tony Bosch, and the only relationship Mr. Bosch had was with my client's attorneys as a consultant."
Braun reported to Brewers camp on Friday but wouldn't discuss any PED-related topics, saying "I made a statement last week. I stand behind that statement. I'm not going to address that issue any further. As I stated, I'm happy to cooperate fully with any investigation into this matter."
Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Francisco Cervelli were all connected to Biogenesis last month and appear on the new document. Cabrera was suspended 50 games for failing a PED test last season, but both A-Rod and Cervelli denied the allegations. Cervelli reiterated his stance when he reported to Yankees camp this week.
MLB is investigating the players, Bosch, Biogenesis, as well as the University of Miami -- Braun's alma mater -- over PED concerns. Quinn and Fish report that MLB has tried to get the FBI and DEA involved, but so far they have not launched investigations. State authorities have not expressed interest in an investigation, either.
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