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The Feds are now looking at Biogenesis

Aug 1, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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From the Miami Herald:

A federal criminal probe is under way into whether the owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic illegally sold controlled substances to high schoolers in addition to major league ballplayers and other professional athletes, the Miami Herald has learned.

This after Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis employee, gave interviews in which he said it wasn’t just baseball players who patronized the clinic.

Back in the BALCO days the feds decided to go after the athletes with way gusto, hauling them in front of grand juries and then pursuing perjury cases. I guess this will be a good test to see if our federal government has learned anything from that experience of if, rather, they still think going after users harder than dealers is a good policy.

  1. raysfan1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I hope they hammer Bosch and give legal immunity to every one of the athletes in order to truly nail him to the wall. Make an example of Tony Bosch. Ignore MLB’s promised “good word” for him in cooperating with their investigation.

    • umrguy42 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Makes me think of The Usual Suspects:

      Verbal: The DA gave me immunity.
      Dave Kujan: Not from me. You get no immunity from me, you piece of sh*t.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Well done.

      • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Yeah, except that Kaiser/”Verbal” then talked circles around the cocksure Kujan and made a complete fool of him. That look on Kujan’s face at the end of the film, when you just barely make out the tail end of “Kobayashi’s” Mercedes disappearing around the corner while our poor dimwitted detective curses helplessly in front of police headquarters, is utterly priceless. I don’t much care for A-roid but would love to see Bud Light left in the same position.

        Of course, the difference between Verbal and A-roid is that every time A-roid opens his mouth, he gets himself into more trouble.

      • kopy - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

  2. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    This is no surprise. They are just waiting for baseball to give them their witnesses and proof. I see a quick plea deal.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Hey, the Federal Government now wants to get involved. What could possibly go wrong?!?

    • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Nothing. It will be perfect.

      Um…anyone seen that brochure about how to access the Obamacare insurance exchanges anywhere?

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Check with your local sweet old lady or hipster or high school kid librarian. I understand they are the foremost experts on explaining that particular, well, whatever.

        How much money did they spend on the Clemens case again?

  4. largebill - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Suddenly football and basketball players, who were happy to see their sports ignoring biogenesis as if only baseball players used their “service”, should be getting nervous.

    • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Some nervous ‘splainin’ is basically the outcome here. Some football & basketball players are going to have some questions to answer. Other than that, those sport leagues will do nothing in all likelihood. Its pretty much only MLB that goes after PED users like this.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    This one seems to me like it will get pretty good support since it’s narrowly focused on PED’s to teens. It is a habit here to get outraged at crimes against minors (versus more ambivalence about adult victims) and I’m sure parents will get all kinds of upset. The Feds probably learned their lesson about chasing someone like Clemens. Protecting children will get them a totally different public will.

    • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Where, in Florida? Let’s be sure to bring the state Bureau of Child Welfare in on this. They should be available as soon as they find the most recent missing kid who was supposed to be under their supervision.

  6. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    The Feds and politicians have learned something. Patience…The last go around they looked like a bunch of dopes. This time clinic owner will be begging for a deal. Good! Save us tax payers on a lengthy trial and sporting news reporting can get to covering sports and not drugs.

  7. Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Who’s laughing away “think of the children” now ?? If pros do it, so will the kids who want to be pros.

    • jwbiii - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      I am not one to laugh away the “think of the children” argument, or PEDs in general. What would we expect to see if this was a problem? Lots of failed PED test for first year players from the U.S., Canada, of Puerto Rico in rookie ball and short season class A ball, where players go to start their careers. Do we have any? Yes.

      Date        Name             Pos   Drug                     Org       Age
      AZL
      8/30/2007   Matt West        3B    PEDs                     Rangers   18
      9/6/2012    Leonardo Rojas   C     Nandrolone               Giants    22
      GCL
      8/24/2012   D.J. Driggers    OF    Drostanolone             Tigers    20
      9/4/2012    Kevin Grendell   LHP   Dehydroepiandrosterone   Orioles   18
      Appy
      8/1/2006    Tyler Flowers    C     PEDs                     Braves    20
      9/7/2007    Carlos Lazu	     LHP   PEDs                     Astros    21
      Pioneer
      none
      NWL
      none
      NYPL
      7/20/2006   Tim Haines       RHP   PEDs                     Mets      21

      Less than one per year. Not exactly an epidemic. Note also that only two of these were of high school age. Also, the White Sox backup catcher is a fraud who is cheating the game!

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        These are just the ones who didn’t do the drugs as smartly. Also, my point is it’s not allowed. This is the way to keep these kids from doing them as well. You just proved that’s probably a true statement. I’m sure if it wasn’t banned by MLB MANY more would test positive. If it was not a part of the drug policy to ban PED’s for pro sports would it become an epidemic? Just as much as smoking I’m sure.

  8. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    When will look at:
    NSA overreach
    Obamacare disaster
    Targeting reporters
    IRS targeting conservatives
    Blaming Benghazi on a video

    • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      As soon as they look at the web of lies and corruption that got us into Iraq and the misplaced priorities that completely bungled the war in Afghanistan, I suppose.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Do you guys just get a memo to post this shit everywhere?

      “Hey Guys! Here are five things to bitch about Obama about! The details are in no way important. Just say something like ‘Obamacare disaster’. No need to explain how you think it’s a disaster…that will just show that you’re a namby-pamby intellectual sissy boy!”

      I especially enjoy that your username is “SandraFluke21012″. I’m assuming you endorse calling people hookers because you disagree with their stance on birth control. It proves that I’m dealing with an intellectual heavyweight here.

      • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        I knew that there were liver flukes. I didn’t know that Sandras had a dedicated parasite.

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