New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball is seeking to slap lengthy suspensions on New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun and about 20 other players who have been linked to a Miami-based clinic accused of supplying performance enhancing drugs.
According to an ESPN report, Rodriguez and Braun could be suspended for 100 games under baseball’s drug policy as second-time offenders. The suspensions could be announced by MLB in the next few weeks.
Sources said MLB will argue that Rodriguez and Braun committed two offenses that merit a 100-game suspension — being associated with Anthony Bosch, owner of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic, and lying to investigators when they denied using PEDs.
The ESPN report also said that Bosch will cooperate with MLB in its ongoing investigation of the players.
Bosch previously denied supplying anyone with performance-enhancing drugs but he was pressured into cooperating after he was threatened with a possible lawsuit by MLB and a potential criminal investigation.
The names of Rodriguez and Braun were among those found in documents that Bosch purportedly maintained as Biogenesis’ director.
Earlier, Braun was suspended for 50 games after a test showed elevated levels of testosterone, but successfully appealed the ban after questioning the handling of his urine sample.
“I’m not answering any further questions regarding the whole situation,” Braun said in reaction to the ESPN report. “I’ve dealt with it for a long time and aside from that, I don’t have anything further to say.”
Rodriguez, for his part, admitted to using PEDs when he played for the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003, before MLB’s testing program and penalties went into effect. He declined to comment on the report.