Alright so in case you missed the breaking news yesterday*, Ryan Braun has been connected to this Bio-Genesis A-Rod story as a potential link to PED use. Now I spent most of my night in my study (race car bed, iPad) getting to the bottom of this because I really haven't been paying much attention to the A-Rod connection that came out earlier in the week. As a side note this Braun story flat out RUINED a pre-game show I had to do last night for a college basketball game in Milwaukee. Literally I was 90 seconds from having to go on the air and I thought to myself 'gee Jon, you haven't been on Facebook for 11 whole minutes, what if something cool/useless happened and you missed it?!' So I log on and one of my buddies, Andrew, had a link to the Yahoo article associating Braun with the same company as A-Rod. Stung me hard. So as I'm trying to break down the match up on the court, I'm also simultaneously trying to read if Braun is indeed in trouble. If you go back to the audio archive of the broadcast I'm fairly certain I say something to the effect of 'The Warriors have a tough match up tonight as they welcome in Ryan Braun's herpes gate version 2.0.' Not my finest moment as a broadcaster to be sure.
In any case this company is a 'wellness' company called Bio-Genesis that specializes in anti-aging/trying to keep aging baseball player's relevant through illegal injections. This is the company A-Rod supposedly used to buy PED's from last year. Melky Cabrera is also on one of their 'lists' and he was suspended 50 games for steroid use last year. And now Ryan Braun is on their ledger as well. Now in all the mentions of Braun he isn't linked to buying a drug of any kind, it just says 'RB 20K-30K.' Basically a list of payments owed but not specifying for what. So Braun came out with a statement last night that essentially said that his attorney's consulted the owner of Bio-Genesis, Anthony Bosch, last year during his appeal process to gather information about how urnine samples can be tainted, etc. Essentially bringing him in as a consultant (just like they did at Initrode last year). Braun acknowledged there was a disagreement over payments owed and that is why his name is on their records. To which I say: case closed! Innocent again! Brewer's, Brewer's they're turning up the heat! 54 days till opening day!
*I start entirely too many blogs like this. Wake up Jon, you operate a blog in a 25 hour a day world, stop running Strange Brew like it was a newspaper from 1965.
PS: Seriously though I'm on Braun's side 150% because I'm a ride or die fan but he is either the best liar in the world or has the worst luck in the world. This is like when cops come to an underage drinking party and you claim you were the designated driver and shouldn't be fined. Guilty by association will be the verdict from the public I would think.