Report: Biogenesis boss told feds Scott Boras sought to cover up Ramirez failed drug test
Biogeneis head Anthony Bosch reportedly told federal investigators that powerful sports agent Scott Boras attempted to help "fabricate medical records and concoct a cover story to explain a failed drug test by Boras client Manny Ramirez," two sources with direct knowledge of the claims told Newsday.com.
According to the article released Friday, Bosch said Boras arranged the meeting after Ramirez tested positive for banned substances in 2009. Boras, according to Bosch, came up with an explanation for the failed test that involved Ramirez accidentally using an elderly uncle’s testosterone cream because he thought it was aftershave, the story related.
According to the Newsday sources, Bosch, who headed up the South Florida anti-aging clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs to numerous baseball players, made the claims – which were recorded — while being debriefed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Bosch is one of eight men who have been arrested on federal charges in connection with Biogenesis. He has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
Bosch’s allegations about Boras thrust baseball’s most prominent agent into a Biogenesis saga that he has avoided despite formerly representing two of Bosch’s most notorious clients: Ramirez and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Boras did not respond to repeated emails or a phone message left at his office seeking comment from Newsday, but he did issue a statement Friday night that said: "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.
"In 2009, we received notice of a positive drug test for Manny Ramirez," Boras also said in his statement. "It was while investigating that matter we learned about Tony Bosch for the first time. We were told he was a doctor treating Ramirez. One of our staff attorneys reached out to Bosch to obtain his medical records, like we would with any doctor.
"There was no litigation in this matter, or statements taken from anyone in our office. The player was represented by the MLBPA, and hired independent counsel to aid in his defense. MLB and the MLBPA then worked out a settlement. We were not a party to those negotiations. Anyone curious about the counsel we gave our client should examine the statement that Ramirez gave the media following his settlement. Ramirez admitted use, and did not offer a legal defense.
"Furthermore, I was not personally called or emailed about these allegations. Newsday chose to publish this story without any direct communication or contact with me."