Update, 12:20 p.m.: Via Twitter, Gonzalez has denied using performance enhancing drugs or meeting Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch, whose notes the Miami New Times story was based on.
A new report from the Miami New Times links Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, among other star baseball players, with a clinic accused of selling performance enhancing drugs.
According to the paper, Gonzalez appears repeatedly on customer records from Miami’s Biogenesis “anti-aging” clinic, which reportedly supplied to performance-enhancing drugs to players like Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. One entry in a customer notebook purports that Gonzalez received an injection of a drug called Aminorip:
There’s also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez’s name appears five times in Bosch’s notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, “Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.” (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)
Gonzalez’s father, who went to Biogenesis himself, insisted that his son had never been treated there:
“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” the elder Gonzalez says. “I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that’s it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”
Gonzalez didn’t respond to a New Times request for comment.
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