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Former Reds draftee and sports clinic owner sues MLB, saying it ruined his business

May 27, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT

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Neiman Nix was a draftee of the Cincinnati Reds in 1998 but multiple arm surgeries derailed his career before it began. Then he got into the sports clinic business and ran one in Miami. He’s out of that business now. He says he’s out of it because Major League Baseball investigators forced him out of business during the course of the Biogenesis investigation:

. . . according to Nix, the investigators MLB sent to South Florida to probe Biogenesis and its proprietor, Tony Bosch, became so obsessed with the idea that Nix was engaged in similarly shady behavior that they called all of his clients to warn them off and eventually got him banned from Facebook and PayPal.

But Nix swears he has done nothing wrong and is now suing MLB and three officials, claiming they wrecked his clinic and cost him millions in revenue. “It’s unbelievable what they did to him,” says Sholom Boyer, Nix’s attorney. “It’s the ultimate David versus Goliath.”

Nix is suing Major League Baseball and has named the two investigators who MLB fired a couple of weeks ago just before it was reported that they purchased stolen documents. Nix says he never gave patients/clients any drugs that were either illegal or which required a prescription. His complaint alleges slander, tortious interference, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims.

It’s hard to say how much weight to give all of this. On the one hand, the more we learn about that investigation the shadier it seems. On the other hand, while the investigation seemed to be profoundly overzealous, everything we’ve read about it makes it seem as if that overzealousness was aimed at taking down big-name MLB players and there is no apparent connection between Nix and any of them. One wonders, then, why investigators would go out of their way to take this guy out too.

At the moment it’s just a complaint, so it’s early in the process. MLB, for its part, is calling the lawsuit “baseless.” And if anyone knows about baseless lawsuits it’s Major League Baseball. But, Major League Baseball also knows that baseless lawsuits actually get results sometimes too, so they shouldn’t be too dismissive.

  1. rbj1 - May 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    By all means, make Rob Manfred the next commissioner.

    /sarcasm

    • righthandofjustice - May 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Where will the 2015 MLB All-Crook Game and Prison Series take place then?

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I actually completely believe these claims, although I believe the attorney is guilty of some hyperbole here. They probably did hurt his business, and they probably put pressure on this guy in order to coerce him to provide them with information he may or may not have had. But to say this is the Ultimate David vs. Goliath is a bit much.

  3. denny65 - May 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I’d say it’s more of an ultimate Greedy Lawyer vs. Deep Pockets.

  4. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    that they called all of his clients to warn them off and eventually got him banned from Facebook and PayPal.

    How exactly did they get a list of his clients?

    Unlike Bosch, though, Nix says he has never directly sold testosterone, HGH, or steroids — all of which require a doctor’s prescription

    Umm call me a skeptic, but why was that choice of wording used?

    • raysfan1 - May 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Both excellent questions to which is like to see answers.

    • righthandofjustice - May 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      That list probably came from the second set of documents MLB bought from Jones, which was taped and obtained by the Miami police and repeatedly requested by the government but refused to turn over by MLB even after the Biogenesis investigation.

      Keep in mind, a MLB lawyer admitted that set of document was not related to their Biogenesis investigation and MLB also has no rights to keep stolen properties in their possession, let alone using it to threaten, extort and ruin the businesses of anybody.

      If what Nix said is right and he can prove it, MLB is on quicksand.

  5. jimmyt - May 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Warned off his clients? If there was no wrong doing why would any of his patients/clients leave?

    • clemente2 - May 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      You are naive. MLB or MiLB player getrs a telephone call from MLB fraud squad—hey, you shouldn’t be dealing with this guy–and they say, “I’m not doing anything wrong, screw the MLB”.

      This sort of naivete with respect to the power of authority to push people around is how prosecutors get away with so much junk; too many people think ‘oh, something must have been going on”. Don’t buy prosecutor propaganda.

    • righthandofjustice - May 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      What if MLB impersonated cops like many of the people related to the Biogenesis investigation said?

  6. zdravit - May 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Lock him up.

    • righthandofjustice - May 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Who? Bud Selig, Rob Manfred or Dan Mullin?… Or all of them?

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