Many of the players who were named in the Miami New Times’ report last week linking them to the Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, and a possible performance-enhancing drug ring have a few commonalities. Several players have connections to the University of Miami, where Nationals’ pitcher Gio Gonzalez works out in the offseason, and several others are clients of ACES agency.
On Wednesday evening, Seth Levinson, who runs ACES with his brother, Sam, released a statement denying any knowledge or involvement with the clinic. The Levinsons represent Gonzalez, among other players named in the initial report and in reports that have come out since.
After Melky Cabrera was suspended last season, ACES was investigated by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, but ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was the latest ACES client to be linked to Biogenesis on Wednesday.
Via the Seattle Times, here is the statement from Seth Levinson:
“Anyone who knows us, knows that it is absolutely ridiculous to think that we would ever condone the use of performance enhancing drugs,” Levinson said. “Our work over the last 25 years demonstrates that ACES is built on a foundation of honesty, integrity, and doing things the right way.
“Neither Sam nor I, or anyone else at ACES, have ever met or even heard of Anthony Bosch until the recent news stories, nor does anyone have any knowledge of or connection to Biogenesis. Moreover, Juan Nunez ceased doing work on behalf of the agency as soon as his involvement in the Melky Cabrera matter came to light.
“The MLBPA’s investigation into that matter found that we had no involvement in or knowledge of any wrongdoing. Similarly, in this case, we are not involved and do not have any knowledge as to what took place or who was allegedly involved.”
Gonzalez denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs and any knowledge of the clinic almost immediately after the report was released last Tuesday.