Three of the nine athletes named in New Times investigation into Biogenesis, the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch, have responded to the story. Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Wayne Odesnik have all issued denials. Jimmy Goins, the University of Miami strength and conditioning coach, tells the Sun-Sentinel through his attorney that "he hasn't done anything wrong."
Here's what Gio Gonzalez had to say via Twitter:Rodriguez, meanwhile, sent this statement via his publicist:
"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch [is] not true. He was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story -- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez -- are not legitimate."
Odesnik emailed a response to New Times late on Tuesday. Here's what he had to say:
I have never previously, nor currently, been a client of Mr. Bosch. The copy of the records that were provided do not show any amount paid to Mr. Bosch or to his clinic. These accusations are completely untrue. I have never paid any money, or any monthly fees, to Mr. Bosch. I have never bought any drugs from Mr. Bosch. I have never purchased HGH, nor any other illegal/banned substances from any person, including Mr. Bosch.
An attorney for Goins, the UM coach, spoke to the Sun-Sentinel this morning. Here's what Gordon Fenderson had to say:
"He hasn't done anything wrong either personally or as a representative of the University of Miami ... And as far as being on a client list of a certain doctor, any connection of the University of Miami or their baseball program would be purely coincidental."
Through an attorney, Anthony Bosch also denied details of the story -- though he declined comment when we reached him before publication:
The Miami New Times Story dated January 29, 2013 is filled with inaccuracies, innuendo and misstatements of fact. Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him.
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As we noted in the piece, we went to great lengths to verify the records from Biogenesis. We also sent detailed questions to Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Odesnik and all the other athletes named in the piece before publication; all failed to comment at that time.
Update 2: The University of Miami has suspended Goins pending an investigation into his ties to Biogenesis, the Miami Herald reports on Thursday. Sources tell the paper the investigation is likely to be internal and won't include the NCAA.
Reached by El Nuevo Herald, boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa's attorney declined to comment on New Times report. Another unnamed source did confirm to the paper that Gamboa had gone to Biogenesis, but said it was simply for weight loss purposes and denied that the boxer ever took any performance enhancing drugs. Gamboa's attorney says the boxer will release a statement this weekend.
Finally, the Washington Post posted a link to an Instagram photo of pitcher Gio Gonzalez with UM strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins, both of whom are named in New Times report. The photo reportedly shows Goins with his arm around Gonzalez and the caption: "My offseason training coach Jimmy Goins."
Update 3: Through the Pittsburgh-based firm Farrell & Reisinger, Nelson Cruz has also denied that he took performance enhancing drugs. "We are aware of certain allegations and inferences ..." the firm said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "To the extent these allegations and inferences refer to Nelson, they are denied."