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Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez Linked to Performance Enhancing Drugs Clinic

Update, 12:20 p.m.: Via Twitter, Gonzalez has denied using performance enhancing drugs or meeting Biogenesis' Anthony Bosch, whose notes the Miami New Times story was based on.

A new report from the Miami New Times links Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, among other star baseball players, with a clinic accused of selling performance enhancing drugs.

According to the paper, Gonzalez appears repeatedly on customer records from Miami's Biogenesis "anti-aging" clinic, which reportedly supplied to performance-enhancing drugs to players like Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. One entry in a customer notebook purports that Gonzalez received an injection of a drug called Aminorip:

There's also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. 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.)

This might not be a problem for Gonzalez, with several Nationals observers noting that Aminorip is not forbidden under MLB rules.

Gonzalez's father, who went to Biogenesis himself, insisted that his son had never been treated there:

"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?"

Gonzalez didn't respond to a New Times request for comment.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Yes, I do believe Gio would be dumb enough to go there. Athletes lie all the time. With that much money at stake, of course they would.

  2. IAmNotALiberalDemocrat
    #2

    Wow, I read about this today in the New York Daily News. Alex Rodriguez, a NY Yankees player is alleged to be involved in this drug use scandal with several over baseball players.

    Please say it at so... I am a dire heart New York Yankees fan of the American League.

    I support my home team the Washington Nationals in the National League.

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