Brewers' Braun: 'I have nothing to hide'

MIAMI, Feb. 6 (UPI) --
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, whose name was listed in records of a Miami clinic linked to performance enhancing drugs, says he has "nothing to hide."

Braun -- a five-time all-star and the National League's most valuable player in 2011 -- issued a statement Tuesday after published reports indicated his name was included in the records of Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic founded by Anthony Bosch.

The Miami New Times reported last week it obtained the records as part of its investigation into use of banned substances by professional athletes. The clinic closed last month and its records "are clear in describing the firm's real business -- selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone to testosterone to anabolic steroids," the newspaper said.

Braun -- who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels during his MVP year and was suspended in 2012 -- said in his statement his relationship with Bosch was limited to consultation on issues involved in his appeal of the positive test result, including how samples can be tampered with.

Braun had the suspension overturned -- and retained the MVP award -- after arbitrators questioned the way in which his urine sample was handled.

"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Braun said.

"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch," he said. "I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."

The New Times said names in the Biogenesis of America records include New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, former San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera -- currently with the Toronto Blue Jays -- Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik and Cuban star boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Rodriguez has denied being treated by Bosch but reported last week Bosch personally injected Rodriguez with banned substances at Rodriguez's home.


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