New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball Players Association head
Michael Weiner released a statement Thursday, concerned with media reports in
the Biogenesis investigation.
ESPN, earlier this week, reported that Milwaukee's Ryan Braun failed to answer
questions from Major League Baseball regarding his link to the Biogenesis
clinic that allegedly provided players with performance-enhancing drugs.
The network has also indicated that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez
would be interviewed later this week in regard to the same clinic, and other
media outlets have indicated that the three-time MVP would likely refuse to
answer questions about his alleged involvement.
"The leaking of confidential information to members of the media interferes
with the thoroughness and credibility of the Biogenesis investigation," said
Weiner in a statement. "These repeated leaks threaten to harm the integrity of
the Joint Drug Agreement and call into question the required level of
confidentiality needed to operate a successful prevention program.
"The Players want a clean game and they demand a testing program that is not
only the toughest in professional sports, but one that guarantees each player
due process rights accompanied by strict confidentiality provisions. As I
stated last month, the Players Association remains in contact with the
Commissioner's Office regarding the investigation, and they continue to assure
us that no decisions regarding discipline will be made until the investigation
is complete. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged the results of the
investigation based on unsubstantiated leaks that are a clear violation of the
ESPN has reported that as many as 20 players could be suspended for alleged
involvement with the Florida anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch, who is
said to be cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation.
The Biogenesis controversy began in January when the Miami New Times reported
it had obtained medical records of players who had purchased banned substances
-- namely human growth hormone -- from the clinic.
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