- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: ‘Playing defense on the one-yard line’
- Activists vow to occupy fast-food restaurants to get higher pay
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
- Summer camp for 1 percenters: Sushi, limos and shopping at FAO Schwarz
- Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data
- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
- ISIL terrorists blow up burial site of Jonah, vow more of same
- Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll
- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
FENNO: Baseball’s mess with Biogenesis is really just beginning
Question of the Day
Major League Baseball had a problem.
When multiple reports in January linked a slew of players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, to a Coral Gables, Fla., anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis of America, the league needed to act.
After all, commissioner Bud Selig declared baseball’s era of home run totals that bulged like chemically aided biceps all but over in 2010.
“The use of steroids and amphetamines amongst today’s players has greatly subsided and is virtually nonexistent, as our testing results have shown,” Selig’s statement said. “The so-called steroid era — a reference that is resented by the many players who played in that era and never touched the substances — is clearly a thing of the past.”
Turns out that wasn’t quite the case.
A three-month investigation by the Miami New Times alleged baseball’s biggest performance-enhancing drug scandal since BALCO smeared cream and clear in 2002. Selig’s myth disappeared. MLB tried to get notebooks filled with drug regimens and other records the New Times obtained that linked the clinic’s would-be doctor, Anthony P. Bosch, to numerous players. The paper refused to help.
Enter the lawyers. Lots of them.
Led by behemoth Proskauer Rose and “global litigation boutique” Kobre & Kim, MLB sued Bosch and five associates in Miami-Dade Circuit Court 2 1/2 months ago. That perked up MLB’s quest for proof, in absence of failed drug tests, like a shot of human growth hormone.
“Due to Defendants’ actions,” the complaint said, “MLB has suffered damages, including the costs of investigation, loss of goodwill, loss of revenue and profits and injury to its reputation, image, strategic advantage and fan relationships.”
Almost immediately, requests by the plaintiffs for subpoenas and depositions crammed the docket. Bosch faced the prospect of drowning in long and costly litigation against an opponent with virtually unlimited funds.
That’s important to remember after ESPN reported Tuesday that Bosch will cooperate with MLB and give a sworn deposition naming the players he supplied with performance-enhancing drugs. Twenty or more players, the report said, could be suspended in the next two weeks. Braun and Rodriguez, in particular, could draw 100-game suspensions because of alleged lies about their involvement with Biogenesis. Gio Gonzalez, who strenuously denied being implicated in the original reports, isn’t expected to be among the suspended.
All on the word of the now-cooperative, now-trustworthy, now-reputable Bosch.
Funny, the magic a 14-page lawsuit can work.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Declassified cables from Berlin Wall tell tale of drama, dare,
- Judge denies settlement motion in NFL concussion lawsuit
- Jay Gruden's long and winding road to Washington
- FENNO: Championship game provides an opportunity to listen to those who play
- FENNO: For Redskins, nonsensical is the new normal
Latest Blog Entries
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence
- Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'
- Let it roll: D.C. Council hits Las Vegas on taxpayer's dime, leaves $14,000 tab
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq