Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, has acknowledged that he had a business relationship with Anthony Bosch.
Bosch has been in the news lately because he is the founder of the Miami-based anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, the same clinic that reportedly provided PEDs to several high profile baseball players and was also linked with Super Bowl winner Ray Lewis.
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone levels in 2011 and claims that he was only meeting with Bosch in an effort to strengthen his appeal of the positive test results. After records obtained from the clinic showing the outfielder’s name were discovered, Braun issued a statement.
“During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.
"There was a dispute over compensation for Bsch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under "moneys owed" and not on any other list.
"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch.
"I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter.”
Braun has always denied using PEDs and, according to ESPN, continues to maintain that he has “nothing to hide.”
David Cornwell, the lead attorney for Braun's defense team issued a statement downplaying Bosch's contributions to Braun’s appeal.
"I was not familiar with Tony Bosch prior to Ryan Braun's case. Bosch was introduced to me at the earliest stage of Ryan's case,” Cornwell’s statement read."I found Bosch's value to be negligible.”
According to Yahoo! Sports, Braun's name is not listed next to any specific PEDs. The site reports his name is on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Danny Valencia and Cesar Carrillo.