Ryan Braun may be merely the first casualty of the Biogenesis scandal. Is the NBA next?Photo Credit: AP
The Biogenesis scandal has taken the MLB by storm, resulting in the suspension of former MVP Ryan Braun, and many others may follow. For those who are unaware, Biogenesis was a lab that aided numerous players in getting a hold of steroids. Recently, the founders of the lab have agreed to name names, like the aforementioned Braun. However, ESPN’s Outside the Lines has learned that baseball players may not be the only sport impacted by the scandal, and NBA players may be involved as well.
Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis of Miami clinic employee who turned boxes of documents over to the Miami New Times last year, declined to name the athletes. But in his first television interview, Fischer told “Outside the Lines” that numerous sports had at least one athlete who
“This isn’t a 2013 thing or a 2012 thing; some of these people have been on the books since 2009,” Fischer said.
Fischer said he and associates have identified athletes from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified. As far as he knows, Fischer said, Bosch had no clients from the NFL or NHL.
There has always been a debate about whether basketball players even benefit from using steroids, which to me, is a bit naive. Granted, basketball is more instinctual than any of the major sports, and I understand the argument that being faster and stronger in the NFL and MLB is more beneficial than the NBA. That being said, anything that would give athletes even the slightest edge, accompanied by the ability to heal from injuries quicker, is going to be something people will at least experiment with.
This may be merely the next chapter of an already huge story in the sports world, and definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
By: Frank Santos- Pass the Pill Manager
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