go to MSN.com
Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/25/14

Via The Outside Corner:

Hey, are you sick of the Biogenesis mess yet? Of course not! According to a report from ESPN's Outside The Lines, the latest person to be linked to the controversial south Florida clinic is a woman named Sonia Cruz, who is the spokewoman of Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano's foundation.

Cruz denies ever receiving anything from the clinic and claims that Cano also never received anything. Of course, this isn't stopping people from connecting dots that really aren't meant to be connected. From the OTL piece:

Cano has denied knowing clinic founder Tony Bosch or having ever used performance-enhancing drugs. But as his best friend, Melky Cabrera, his mentor, Alex Rodriguez, and now his spokeswoman have all been connected to clinic documents, MLB wants to know whether any relationship between Cano and the clinic exists.

Cruz, 31, says she was never a client of the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, but records obtained by "Outside The Lines" list her as owing $300 in both July and August of last year. The records indicate that she paid the full balance in July, but the August records do not mention any payment.

Two former Bosch associates said the $300 monthly tab was consistent with a weight-loss regimen, not performance-enhancing drugs.

[...]

"I met with a nurse who works for the clinic, but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women," she said. "I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutritional thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff."

Cruz said she was introduced to the nurse "by another person" and said she never followed up to find out what sort of pills the nurse was recommending. She said she could not remember the nurse's name.

A man described by several sources as Cruz's boyfriend, Orlando Dager, is also listed as a client in the July and August records. He is listed as having owed $300 each month but having paid $100 and $150. Dager could not be reached for comment, and Cruz declined to describe their relationship or anything about him.

So let's get this straight. Cano is being linked to the clinic because someone who works for his foundation was listed as owing money to Biogenesis. That employee has a completely logical story, and the payments were just over a two-month period in the middle of the season. It'll be interesting to see if the accusations toward Cano fade like they did with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, whose father's name was mentioned in Anthony Bosch's notebooks. But the elder Gonzalez trotted out the same "weight loss" excuse that Cruz is, and that was apaprently suitable enough for people to drop it.

I think it's extremely sloppy for ESPN to try to shame Cano just by tying him to Cabrera and Rodriguez, with no evidence aside from his foundation's spokeswoman's name tied to Biogenesis. This isn't a Yuri Sucart situation, where Cruz is a well-known advisor to Cano and has a history of impropriety. There is potential for this to spin out of control pretty quickly.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: Blue Jackets player takes skate across the face

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Kobe Bryant seems to be pretty pissed off these days. Although the Black Mamba claims certain things don’t bother him, you can tell by his psychotic work ethic and responses to media questions that the 36 year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard has a chip on his shoulder. Bryant, who’s never had an issue with speaking his opinion, has once again let his thoughts be known on ESPN and...
Via Pass The Pill
1 hour ago

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions have suspended DT C.J. Mosley for two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of team rules. Twentyman adds that Mosley was sent home from London earlier today. Detroit placed Mosley on the reserve/suspended list and signed S Jerome Couplin from their practice squad to take his roster spot. Mosley, 31, is in the final...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
54 minutes ago

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that overhauled some of the state’s ban on sports betting. Once that bill was signed, many figured it was just the first step in the process and that there would be challenges to the law. That challenge came in the form of the NFL and other professional sports leagues this week, who filed for an injunction...
Via Sportsnaut
5 hours ago

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Buccaneers have signed DT Gerald McCoy to a seven-year contract extension worth close to $100 million. The post Buccaneers Sign DT Gerald McCoy To Seven-Year Extension appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
Via NFL Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

Tim Tebow had a message to Gator fans on Saturday morning's SEC Network broadcast that included the line "Be above booing your own team."
Via Gamedayr
3 hours ago

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night on a handful of charges according to the Tennessean. Breaking: #Titans RB Shonn Greene arrested http://t.co/y2IjAtFMwB — Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 25, 2014 Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk....
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 hours ago

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

As our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported Friday night, Joe Maddon has left the Tampa Bay Rays, and we now have a little more insight as to why. Maddon opted out of his contract for 2015, and it appears that he wants a long-term deal to begin as soon as possible. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Maddon wants a five-year, $25-million contract, an amount the Rays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
7 hours ago

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

It looks like the man who allegedly attempted to shop the Todd-Gurley-signed-autographs-for-money scandal has actually wound up being a victim of his own transgression. Bryan Allen, the former memorabilia dealer who is reportedly responsible for Georgia’s knowledge of Gurley’s alleged breaking of NCAA rules, has been fired from his insurance job, according to his lawyer, Ed Garland...
Via College Spun
21 hours ago

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

According to a report, Colt McCoy had an absolutely tremendous reaction to being inserted into his first game as the Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback. McCoy had been the team’s third-string quarterback behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, and he was the backup while RG3 was injured. That was until halftime of Week 7 against...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel In a 1-1 World Series tie between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, the winner of Game 3 will look to have a decisive edge moving forward. Here are four questions to ponder that could end up having a substantial impact on the outcome of the game. Will the Royals finally steal some bases? Kansas City’s running game hasn’t been a factor...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.