Gio Gonzalez responds to PED implication
UPDATE: 5:36 p.m.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been named in a report by the Miami New Times linking him to Biogensis, a Miami-area clinic alleged to have supplied performance enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players.
The report has a lengthy investigation citing a group of MLB players as well as other professional athletes and a member of the University of Miami baseball coaching staff. Headlining the allegations are MLB stars Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Nelson Cruz.
Here is the passage on Gonzalez and his specific relation to the clinic as it appears in the Miami New Times:
Gonzalez's name appears five times in Bosch's notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, "Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/... and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000." (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)
After the the report surfaced on Tuesday, Gonzalez released a statement on the accusations:
"I've never used performance enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will. I've never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substance provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie."
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo commented on the matter through a team spokesman:
"The issue is currently being reviewed by Major League Baseball and it would be inappropriate for the Nationals to comment until that review is completed."
Gio’s alleged ties to Biogenesis was discovered due to records found at the clinic of Anthony Bosch, the man at the center of the investigation. He supplied athletes and other wealthy clients with the substances despite while operating a medical practice without proper certification.
Gio’s father, Max, responded to the allegations to the newspaper:
Gonzalez's father, Max, also appears on Bosch's client lists and is often listed in conjunction with the pitcher. But reached by phone, the Hialeah resident insists his son has had no contact with Bosch.
"My son works very, very hard, and he's as clean as apple pie," the elder Gonzalez says. "I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that's it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I'd be dumb enough to go there?"
Gio Gonzalez joined the Nationals before the 2012 season and finished second in N.L. Cy Young voting after going 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts.
The league released a statement late in the morning explaining their testing procedures, but stopped short of a comment on the specific players:
"We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete."