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Report: Unnamed NBA players linked to Biogenesis clinic scandal

Jul 25, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

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The performance enhancing drug scandal tied to the Florida Biogenesis clinic that has embroiled baseball and led to the suspension of MVP Ryan Braun could touch the NBA.

Porter Fischer, the whistleblower who came forward to give the Miami New Times boxes of information that blew up Biogenesis into a scandal, told ESPN’s investigative show Outside The Lines that there are NBA players who used the clinic.

Fischer said he and associates have identified athletes from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified. As far as he knows, Fischer said, Bosch had no clients from the NFL or NHL….

He said the only sports entity he has heard from was Major League Baseball.

No names of those other athletes have been released.

As anyone who has followed this story even casually knows, Fischer has plenty of credibility issues of his own. That said, the people at Biogenesis did a good job of keeping records, not only of who came to the clinics but of emails, texts and other correspondence.

The NBA has a policy of testing for PEDs, although the people doing designer PEDs have always been one step (or more) ahead of enforcement efforts. The NBA does not have a blood test in place for Human Growth Hormones yet, with Commissioner David Stern saying at Summer League that has to be negotiated with the union, and those kinds of negotiations are on hold until they get a new full time executive director. The current NBA rules call for a 20-game suspension for the first offense of testing positive, a second violation earns 45 games off, a third means banishment from the league.

Count me in the group that thinks there is more PED use in the NBA than people realize. I don’t think it’s as rampant as other sports, but the idea that a PED to help speed recoveries from workouts would not benefit a player in the off-season or during long road trips is naive at best. The fact is when millions of dollars are on the line people will cheat the rules, and that is the case with NBA contracts.

But as of now there is no evidence of which — if any — NBA players were tied to the clinic and what they may have taken. (I know a bunch of you will end up speculating in the comments and name players you hate, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and as of right now there is no proof of anything here.)

  1. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Kobe lost mad weight before the olympics 2 different times then gained it all back before the start of the season.. Anyone can see that seems shady.

  2. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Also Kobe is coming back from an Achilles injury months before expected.. This guy may have needed help for that.

    • smithj874 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I knew all of the moronic Kobe haters would instantly drag his name through the mud. You may irrationally hate him because of his undeniable talent, ability, records, and winning ways at the expense of your team, but his name hasn’t been connected to anything. Not fair to him to speculate.

      • dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Once your done swinging from Kobe’s dong maybe you’ll realize that a lot of names are in the book, which means all there is, is speculation. Relax fool.

  3. legend30 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Kobe told Alex Rodriguez about the Germany treatment. In favor, Alex Rodriguez told Kobe about the Biogenesis clinic.

  4. sackings916 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    That is true, although Kobe will just buy someone a diamond ring to get past his troubles here if he’s guilty, he’s good at that.

  5. realninerfan22 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Kurt helin we know your part of the lbj camp. We know you want write anything that would hurt his brand. Your team Lebron… Lbj was linked to it already. I wonder why he never gets hurt, he looks like the basketball version of barry bonds. For you to say the evidence was flimsy is horrible.. Where there smoke there’s fire..

  6. smithj874 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    You guys who are speculating about names of NBA players – specifically the Kobe and Lebron haters – are losers who need to get a life. There have been zero names leaked and there’s not a shred of evidence that either Kobe or Lebron, or anyone else has done anything. So just chill.

  7. jcshin89 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    geez chillax. its been like this for least 10 years. many players probably got away with it.

  8. genuine30096 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    This is nothing new. And, IF there are any NBA players that can be linked to Biogenesis, the publuc will never know. Well, that’s if they are a big name that fill seats at the arenas around the country. It will be squashed and we will all be left with speculations and wonders. Doping, regardless of the method, is nothing new in professional sports.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I think it’s kind of the opposite — if it were a big name (A-Rod, Braun) it gets out but the lesser guys stay under wraps. But it all would be speculation.

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