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Porter Fischer, Biogenesis Leaker: I'm Being 'Bullied' By MLB

| by Sylvan Lane
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Porter Fischer is partially responsible for one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history coming to light. The former Biogenesis employee turned over boxes upon boxes of documents detailing the now-defunct anti-aging clinic’s dealings with 15 Major and Minor League Baseball players. Now, Fischer said he feels like he’s being “bullied” by MLB.

According to ESPN, Fischer stood before a Miami judge to ask for more time to respond to an emergency court order from MLB to turn over every Biogenesis document he has. Fischer claimed he didn’t fully understand the request and needed more time to retain an attorney after he recently parted with his previous legal team last week.

"This isn't right. Why am I being bullied like this?" Fischer asked repeatedly outside the courtroom, reports ESPN. "Major League Baseball is the bad guy here, not me. "You wouldn't be here [with players suspended] if not for me. And this is my cupcake? This is my thank you?"

MLB attorneys have used a local civil lawsuit filed last March against clinic operator Tony Bosch, and five others affiliated with Biogenesis, as a means of gaining cooperation and access to clinic records, according to ESPN. The suit was successful getting Bosch to cooperate, who isn’t licensed as a health care professional in Florida, in return for “baseball promising to release him from the suit, provide personal security and other considerations.”

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“MLB has asked for an exhaustive list of items it believes Fischer is in possession of,” according to the report, “ranging from all documents associated with Biogenesis and Biokem -- Bosch's two most recent clinics -- clinic and personal financial records, his correspondence with clinic associates, as well as going so far as to request personal and professional email exchanges with a Miami New Times reporter.”

Fischer supplies The Miami New Times with extensive evidence and records of Biogenesis’ dealings with MLB players, and the newspaper filed the first report about them in Januray, setting off the scandal.

 

Sources: ESPN, The Miami New Times