Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Porter Fischer, the whistleblower in the Biogenesis clinic scandal, has appeared before a Miami grand jury and handed over pertinent documents that connected several big-name baseball players with use of performance-enhancing drugs.
With Fischer’s grand jury appearance, the scandal has now evolved into a federal law enforcement investigation that could result to criminal charges against individuals tied to the clinic and its distribution network, including its founder Tony Bosch.
While ballplayers could be questioned or even called as witnesses, it is doubtful they could face charges.
Major League Baseball has tried to obtain those documents from Fischer, who blew open the Biogenesis case when he made available some of the clinic documents to the Miami New Times last year.
Fischer’s revelation, together with the documents subsequently, led to the suspension of 14 players, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta.
Fischer was not questioned under oath during his grand jury appearance, fueling assumption that he’ll be asked to return and decipher key details, including code names and aliases, in the documents.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.
Major League Baseball has been attempting for months to gain Fischer’s cooperation, at one point offering as much as $125,000 to bring him into the fold.
However, Fischer pulled back against what he perceived as MLB’s bullying tactics and became even less inclined to cooperate after officials cut a deal with Bosch, whom he had a falling out with over an unpaid debt.