Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch told federal investigators that sports agent Scott Boras tried to cover up performance-enhancing drug use by his client, Manny Ramirez, reports Newsday.
Boras denied the allegations in a statement to USA Today on Friday, saying "I have never met Tony Bosch. I have never talked to Tony Bosch. I have never been to his office or conducted any meetings with him."
According to Newsday's report, Bosch told investigators that Boras called for a meeting with him and urged Bosch to help fabricate medical records and come up with a cover story to explain a failed 2009 drug test by Ramirez. Ramirez was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball that year for violating baseball's drug policy.
From Newsday's report:
Bosch said Boras told him that the MLBPA needed him to produce a patient chart for Ramirez. Bosch responded that he didn't keep records on his patients, so he fabricated a file for the union's use.
Boras, who is a California-based attorney with a doctorate in industrial pharmacology, told Bosch to include hCG, which is commonly used for weight loss, on Ramirez's fabricated patient chart, Bosch said.
Newsday reports that Bosch made the claims while being debriefed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Last month, Bosch pleaded guilty to providing performance-enhancing drugs to high school athletes and dozens of MLB players.
One of those players was Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, whose longtime agent was Boras until the two split ways in 2010. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Rodriguez admitted to DEA officials in a January meeting that he used performance-enhancing drugs obtained from the Biogenesis clinic. The third baseman has publicly maintained that he did not use PEDs from the clinic.
Bosch, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone, faces 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a lighter sentence for Bosch, who cooperated with authorities during an almost two-year investigation.
- Molly Geary