Nationals’ Gonzalez, Orioles’ Valencia cleared in Biogenesis case
We’ve all heard about the huge Biogenesis steroid scandal that has plagued the baseball world for the past few weeks now. Today it was announced that 20 players (including Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta just to name a few) would be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season. But two names suspected of steroid use are not on that list; Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia.
Through many reports, Gonzalez’s name had been mentioned in the same conversation as the suspended players, however when ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” reported that the 27-year old former 1st round pick of the Chicago White Sox had not received any type of illegal substances from the south Florida clinic. However the story did say that Gonzalez did buy over $1,000 of substances that were completely legal.
Gonzalez told this to the Miami News Times once his name had been linked:
“Like I said before, I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will,” Gonzalez said February 22. “Two days after the story broke, I was tested for blood and urine, and both came out negative, like I expected. Throughout my entire career, it’s been like that. I look forward to handling this with MLB, putting this behind me and looking forward to the season.”
Valencia, who’s name was also linked to Biogenesis back in February, also had his name cleared today. Valencia told
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:
“As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story,” Valencia said in the statement. “I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis, in fact I had never even heard of this company prior to the New Times’ story. I take tremendous pride in the hard work and dedication I put into being a professional baseball player and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career. I look forward to fully cooperating in MLB’s investigation in any way that I can, and will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion.”
In these dark times that are “The Steroid Age” it’s nice to see that all of America’s Past Time has not been completely tainted by some form of synthetic substances. I just hope and pray that we as baseball fans have not had the wool pulled over our eyes again. Need I remind you of what Ryan “Fraud” said to us all on national television? He told us, the American people and baseball fans, that he didn’t use steroids. Now look at him; he’s the poster-child for the lying and the cheating and the shamefulness that comes along with using performance enhancing drugs in today’s sports world. It’s nice to know that there’s still some truth and it comes in the form of Gio Gonzalez and Danny Valencia.
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