A few days ago, top baseball player Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season over what is being called the Biogenesis steroid scandal. And now that scandal might extend into MMA:
According to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Biogenesis employee-turned-whistleblower Porter Fischer said the client list stretches beyond MLB and includes “athletes from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified.”
He hasn’t yet identified the athletes.
After backpay issues with clinic founder Tony Bosch, Fischer turned over documents to the Miami New Times in 2012. It ultimately led to an MLB investigation and the recent suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP. However, his intention to spark a federal investigation of Biogenesis and Bosch never came to fruition. Fischer said Bosch passed himself off as a medical doctor, though he has no medical degree. Bosch previously administered Fischer weight-loss regimens of prescription drugs, and Fischer ultimately invested in the company and briefly became its marketing director before the backpay issues.
While the initial media focus has been on Braun, Alex Rodriguez and 20 or so other MLB clients who also could be facing suspensions, Fischer said documents identify athletes from the other sports going back to 2009. “In just the four years that I know, it’s got to be well over a hundred (involved athletes), easy,” he told “Outside the Lines.” “It’s almost scary to think about how many people have gone through [Bosch's treatments] and how long he’s gotten away with this.”
Fischer didn’t say if the alleged MMA clients hail from Florida, which is home to major MMA camps such as American Top Team and the Blackzilians.
Jeez, MMA Junkie. Way to leave that unanswered question hanging in the air.
This wouldn’t be the first time an MMA fighter has turned up on the customer rolls of a shady clinics. Shane Carwin’s extensive shopping list with was revealed during a 2010 court case against Applied Pharmacy Services. But this case has the potential to blow up in a way Shane’s didn’t. The media loves a scandal, and this story definitely qualifies as one of those. Any big name UFC fighter turning up in that Biogenesis paperwork is liable to get hammered.
At that point, who knows if things stop at that? MMA has a serious PED problem, and if the mainstream media suddenly decides it cares, it could be a pretty massive headache for the UFC.
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