An anti-aging clinic at the heart of a Major League Baseball drug scandal is now being investigated by federal authorities for suspicion that the clinic provided performance enhancing drugs to high school athletes.
Biogenesis, in Coral Gables, Fla., is suspected of supplying the drugs to many big name professional baseball players including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun after the clinic’s former employee Porter Fischer went to the press earlier this year with documents he claims he took from the clinic and showed some of its high profile clients. But while most of the attention had been on the pro stars, now the focus has shifted to allegations that the clinic’s founder, Anthony Bosch, was injecting teenagers with steroids.
According to the Miami Herald, a criminal investigation has been launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami after Fischer scoffed at the notion of Bosch receiving a $5,000 for his involvement with the MLB, and the fact that the league has offered to pay Bosch’s legal bills if he agrees to help them with their internal investigations.
“So baseball is basically saying, ‘Hey mom, dad, don’t worry about your kid, he helped us out with our ballplayers so give him a break,'” Fischer said. “Is that what you guys are going to do? Pay this guy? Let him off the hook? You should be running for the hills from this guy.”
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is already serving a 65 game suspension as part of a plea deal, and earlier on Friday it was announced that Nike had ended its endorsement deal with Braun. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez may be facing a lifetime ban from baseball if implicated, which would cost him tens of millions of dollars.