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Biogenesis for Dummies

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If you’ve paid attention to national media in the last couple months, you’ve heard the word “Biogenesis” thrown around in the world of sports. What’s all this Biogenesis talk about?

Recently Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the MLB’s MVP in 2011, was suspended without pay for the rest of this season due to his involvement with Biogenesis, a South Florida anti-aging clinic that has reportedly supplied various MLB players with performance-enhancing drugs. But Braun is not alone: other players such as Alex Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz are facing possible immediate suspensions for their involvement with Biogenesis.

The MLB is trying to crack down hard on performance enhancing drugs in a effort to make the MLB clean. The league does not need a failed drug test to suspend a player. A fifty-game suspension can be issued at any time provided the league proves a player used or possessed a banned substance.

Back in early June, the MLB started interviewing players they believed were connected to the Biogenesis clinic. The founder of the clinic Anthony Bosch agreed to cooperate with the MLB’s investigation.

More players figure to be suspended soon, including Alex Rodriguez, who the MLB says they have “significantly more evidence” on than Braun. Braun successfully appealed a suspension for a failed drug test in 2012 due to a high testosterone level. Baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, who ruled in favor of Braun, argued that his urine sample which failed the MLB’s drug test was improperly handled and Dino Laurenzi Jr (the collector of Braun’s samples) did not follow the proper protocol.

After the suspension came down a few days ago, Braun released a statement: “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect, I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it … has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.” “I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

Braun acknowledged what he did was wrong, which is a good first step to getting back to the field. The MLB stated that this suspension will be considered Braun’s “first strike” in their drug program. Braun will miss the remaining 65 games this season. According to a source, 50 of those games are connected to the investigation of Biogenesis and the remaining 15 stemming from Braun’s appeal that overturned his positive drug test from 2011 (essentially they know he lied and found a way to convince the arbitrator that his drug test was mishandled.)

Although Braun is the only player to be suspended thus far, expect A-Rod to be suspended very soon and possibly upwards of twenty other players linked to Biogenesis such as Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.

Now the burning question for you readers… Do you think Braun should be stripped of his MVP award?

If you’ve paid attention to national media in the last couple months, you’ve heard the word “Biogenesis” thrown around in the world of sports. What’s all this Biogenesis talk about?

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