Baseball’s steroid scandal never seems to go away.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, Anthony Bosch, the founder of the infamous Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., has now been charged by federal authorities with providing steroids to major league baseball players and other athletes including high school players, coaches, and courtroom judges.
ESPN reports that shortly after 6 a.m. ET, federal agents began driving up with the handcuffed suspects at the DEA regional office on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bosch and his attorney drove to the DEA office to surrender.
According to ESPN, federal sources said the 50-year-old Bosch had reached a deal to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday to detail the charges.
Yuri Sucart, cousin of ARod, also arrested on conspiracy charges this morning as part of DEA's "Operation Strikeout."
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Mia Ro said Yuri Sucart — the cousin of Alex Rodriguez who injected him with steroids — was among nine people arrested.
It was not immediately clear what Sucart had been charged with.
Sucart, 52, was banned from the Yankees clubhouse, charter flights, bus and other team-related activities by Major League Baseball in 2009 after Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while with Texas from 2000 to 2003, saying Sucart obtained and injected the drugs for him.
One year ago today, 13 players were suspended by MLB for their ties to Biogenesis. In addition to Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Antonio Bastardo, Jhonny Peralta, Francisco Cervelli, Jordan Noberto, Everth Cabrera and minor leaguers Sergio Escalona, Jesus Montero, Jordany Valdespin, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos, and Fernando Martinez were suspended for their ties to Bosch’s now defunct clinic.
The highest profile player suspended was Alex Rodriguez, who received the longest performance enhancing drug suspension in MLB history, a 211-game suspension that Rodriguez appealed while playing out the 2013 season. In January, an arbitrator upheld most of A-Rod’s suspension which cost the Yankees slugger $25 million in salary. The 162-game suspension levied keeps Rodriguez out of baseball until the 2015 season. When Rodriguez returns to the Yankees next season, he will be owed $61 million in a contract that runs through 2017.
In 2013, Brewers outfielder and former NL MVP Ryan Braun was the first player suspended in the wake of the Biogeneis investigation when he received a 65-game ban for his ties to the clinic.
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,..” Rodriguez said in January. “This is one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury,” Rodriguez said, “does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.”
After the investigation, Bosch cooperated with MLB, turning over material including email exchanges with Rodriguez that confirmed that he was doping. In exchange for the information, MLB dropped Bosch from a lawsuit they had filed against him and others connected with Biogenesis.
According to the Herald report, the charging documents do not identify the athletes by name, and none of them are accused of a crime. The US Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration in South Florida went after the drug suppliers, not the users.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.