A report by ESPN.com asserted that Alex Rodriguez was personally injected with banned drugs by Anthony Bosch, who ran the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.
The visits took place every few weeks, according to reporters T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish, with a source claiming Bosch had told associates he had been kicked out of Rodriguez’s home after he had trouble locating a vein, infuriating the player.
The sources did not say why Bosch would have been tapping a vein, as HGH and testosterone do not require intravenous injections. But whatever he was doing, “Tony said A-Rod was [ticked] at him,” a source said. “He said he was bleeding everywhere.”
A spokesperson for Rodriguez on Friday said “the allegations are not true.”
The Miami New Times this week reported Bosch’s clinic worked with many professional athletes who sought steroids and other PEDs. Citing records from the clinic, the New Times claimed that Rodriguez was a consistent customer of Bosch. Rodriguez denied ever being treated by Bosch or receiving any drugs from his clinic.
The other major league players named were Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, Yasmani Grandal, and Gio Gonzalez.
Bosch’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, put out a statement denying the allegations.
Cabrera, Colon, and Grandal each were suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone last season. Cruz has not spoken about the allegations, but Farrell & Reisinger, a law firm representing him, issued a denial this week to the Associated Press: “We are aware of certain allegations and inferences. To the extent these allegations and inferences refer to Nelson, they are denied.”
Rodriguez has previously admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, but claims to have stopped more than 10 years ago.
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