Posted July 25, 2013

Report: Biogenesis whistle-blower claims clinic’s client list included NBA players

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Porter Fischer claims athletes from a variety of sports were clients of the former Biogenesis of Miami clinic.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Porter Fischer claims athletes from a variety of sports were clients of the former Biogenesis of Miami clinic. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The whistle blower who fed the Miami New Times boxes of documents that revealed the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that the shuttered clinic’s client list included NBA players as well as NCAA players, professional boxers, tennis players and MMA fighters.

Porter Fischer began as a weight reduction patient of founder Tony Bosch at the Biogenesis of Miami clinic before becoming an investor and marketing director. When Bosch failed to repay a loan, he took some of the Biogenesis documents in his possession to the New Times.

From ESPN.com:

His intention, he said, was to spark a federal investigation. After seeing the names of local police, attorneys and a judge in the documents, Fischer said he wasn’t comfortable going to law enforcement.

“I was really, really counting on somebody from law enforcement to come up and take me under their wing and have me as a witness in a criminal investigation, but that never happened,” he said.

Fischer said he never asked the New Times for money and never went to any of the leagues for money.

As a result of the New Times story, Major League Baseball launched an investigation into its players tied to the Biogenesis documents. Bosch’s cooperation with MLB’s probe has led to the suspension of former Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun and reports that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is next to face suspension.

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From ESPN.com:

Fischer said he and associates have identified athletes from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified. As far as he knows, Fischer said, Bosch had no clients from the NFL or NHL.

He said the only sports entity he has heard from was Major League Baseball.

Fischer said Bosch has been distributing PEDs for years and that the number of athletes who were clients of the clinic — based on what he saw and heard — went far beyond what most people realize.

From ESPN.com:

“This isn’t a 2013 thing or a 2012 thing; some of these people have been on the books since 2009,” Fischer said.

“In just the four years that I know, it’s got to be well over a hundred, easy,” he said. “It’s almost scary to think about how many people have gone through [Bosch's treatments] and how long he’s gotten away with this.”

Fischer said he has feared for his safety and turned down an offer of $125,000 from Major League Baseball to turn over his Biogenesis documents. He said evidence was stolen from his car shortly after rejecting the MLB offer.

From ESPN.com:

“Once I turned them down for the $125,000, two days later they wrote me a letter instructing me not to destroy any documents and to keep them around,” he said. “Then two days after that on the 24th of March, I was transporting evidence back to the state investigator for him to follow up on some criminal activity, and my car was broken into and four boxes of evidence were taken.

“I’m still amenable to working with them,” he added. “Because of this, now my employment opportunities are limited. I feel that I have something good to say. Just like anything else, I feel like my cooperation and compensation should go hand in hand or at least be evaluated.”

While the NBA does test for PEDs, with a 20-game suspension for testing positive the first time, 45 games for a second violation and a ban for a third violation, the NBA does not yet use blood tests to detect Human Growth Hormones.


72 comments
marshad
marshad

TO YOU AT 

began20003 days ago

@swidt 

 @began2000 @swidt

 sad that you need to drag MJ in this discussion board...To make youself feel better. You need to say negeative things about the greatest of all time.? Shame on you. Do not drag MJ in your garbage. Bottom line is that there are witnesses that say Lebron James has recieved steroids from the clinic., brace yourself the truth always comes out sooner or later, that is how the universe works.  In my opinion Lebron is absolutley on PED, Steriods. As I said. Time will tell.The truth always comes out in the end. 






Michael22
Michael22

There is an expectation of privacy in that an employee can't take clients' medical records the the clients' place of work and reveal them just because the employee isn't being paid. In my state, it would be a crime for my doctor's secretary to take my records to my boss. 

Some businesses keep their clients' secrets as a matter of course. When Fischer's story is that he leaked all client documents when he didn't get a check from Bosch, that isn't a whistleblower, but instead vindictive borderline-criminal behavior. 


TheDoctorIsIn
TheDoctorIsIn

A couple of thoughts:

The debate moral/ethical about using PEDs in sports aside for the moment, they are still legally obtained products. Biogenesis didn't do anything illegal. The players may have violated the rules of their sports, but those are internal rules, not laws. 

Giving Porter the status of "whistle-blower" gives some form of credibility to a petty act of revenge. Whistle-blowers are people that are motivated by righting a wrong. Porter is a scumbag and doesn't deserve that status.

I'm a little surprised one of the high-priced lawyers these athletes have at their disposal hasn't tried to go after Porter for violating the Hipaa laws by disclosing medical and/or health based personal information.


jdane
jdane

His "employment opportunities" SHOULD be limited.  He's a thief, and an extortionist.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

Everyone has their best bets for who is on the list. I'd be surprised if not every sport is represented. I suspect there are a few freaks of nature who are clean and widely suspected, and I feel for them. But then I'm naive. I used to be a fan of Mark McGwire

Just Me4
Just Me4

I hues we shall see why LeRoid will never be like MIKE!

Just Me4
Just Me4

Hmm! Lebron & D-wade may be on that list.

casualumberjack
casualumberjack

I bet over half the players in the NBA use some sort of PED. I mean common, Hedo Turkoglu got caught last year, and I would have never guessed based on physique alone. 

baucumjoseph
baucumjoseph

It seems like everyone is wanting to point to LeBron as their target of conjecture, but what about another Miami player?  What about Dwyane Wade?  The guy seems to always have an injury here or there, and while I admit he played a reckless style in his younger days, the injuries do seem to go hand in hand with juicing as well.  Not to mention his fits of rage against Collison in 2012 and Stephenson in 2013, of which he avoided punishment only because of his star status.  If either player is on the juice, I don't really care so much from a sanctimonious "I would never stoop so low" standpoint.  After all, if you're going to be mad at professional athletes for doing whatever they can to make more money, start getting mad at owners and commissioners who gouge the customer of money every season as well.  Case in point, in 2012 the Texas Rangers fans set a new franchise record for ballpark attendance.  So what did the organization do for this fan loyalty?  Well they simply raised ticket prices for 2013.  Not to mention PSL's in the NFL for season ticket buyers.  Whenever it's divulged which NBA players were connected to Biogenesis, it will definitely throw their teams results into questions, and that's fair.  But I personally won't rail against a player doing whatever it takes to pad the bank account when it's not like the owners and leagues aren't doing the same thing.

began2000
began2000

Our economy is based on workers who need 2 to 3 cups of coffee, (speed), to help them be more efficient at their jobs.  We don't mind that artists use drugs to increase their creativity, or that action stars like the Rock and Wolverine are obviously on something.  The athletes themselves should be able to decide on the risk/reward factor and make it public what PEDS they are on.  I bet some PED's don't even have long lasting adverse affects if administered correctly by a doctor.    Some of these PED's would actually be useful to help normal people recover from injury or treat certain illnesses but they get such a bad wrap here in the U.S. that you need to go to Germany to get treatment.  One final comment...at the very least, when recovering from an injury an athlete should be able to take whatever drug he needs to get him back to his sport as quickly and safely as possible.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So he  first turns it down, then gets robbed and has NO evidence and now will rat out players for the money since he has no job

muser
muser

Does the NBA even test for PEDs? Are there any penalties? It's hard to imagine Stern and company caring about anything but ratings and $$$. After all the suspicious draft lotteries, it would take real stones for the NBA to call players cheaters. Sometimes the NBA looks less legit than WWE.

willlovesboltsSIedition
willlovesboltsSIedition

Does anyone notice how NHL players are never involved? they're the tried and true athletes.

muser
muser

Those Olympic dope tests are pretty thorough...no wonder LeBron isn't interest in any more Team USA...

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

WHAT? "Streetballers" on the juice? I wonder how many of them were dealers on the street?! LOL

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

LeBron is the most obvious juicer since Barry Bonds. 

JohnCyrilNoelke
JohnCyrilNoelke

@Michael22  I'm not sure if this is considered medical records.  Getting doped up with illegal PED's doesn't have the benefit of that kind of protection.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@began2000 Good point. My only rebut would be how it sifts down to younger and younger people, and while some of the drugs don't have lasting side effects, others do. I'd like to know the percentage of high school football players using. 

swidt
swidt

@began2000 Many people don't want sports to devolve into a competition of simply who has the better drugs or drug program. -It's just not as interesting to debate who is the better player when the difference may simply be one player made better use of performance enhancing drugs.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@willlovesboltsSIedition Don't be naive, dude.  It has more to do with less people actually caring enough about hockey to really scrutinize those athletes to the same degree they do the superstars of other, more popular (and more wealthy) sports.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

lebron is never tested as they  can't get a HAIR sample !!!!!

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@muser You and the four people who liked this post aren't very bright, considering James has medaled at three Olympics already.  

C'mon now, people.  This REALLY shouldn't have needed to be pointed out to you.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@muser never mind the fact Lebron has been to 3 Olympics but keep going

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

So, you think only a certain type of people are involved, right? The biggest drug addicts live in Hollywood, California.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@TheDistrictExcept he's had the same freak physique since he was a teenager.  If James has been juicing since middle school, then he'd have serious health problems right now. 

Bonds on the other hand had a skull that suddenly grew in size when he was in his 30s.


Do I really need to go on?  Some sports fans sure are dumb.  These are basic observations, people.

kj4027
kj4027

@TheDistrict Finally someone else agrees with me. If Lebron got that body from just lifting weights and playing basketball then why does someone like Tim Duncan look a beanpole? They all play basketball and they all train with weights but only Lebron is starting to look like a bodybuilder.

began2000
began2000

@RaidLakeDodge @began2000 

You're right.  I guess I'm trying to figure out why people care so much about athletes who use PED's but don't care when drugs are used by artists to boost their creativity and on-screen presence.  Sports, music, movie, etc...It's all entertainment, right?

began2000
began2000

@swidt @began2000 

Good point but....the problem still remains that doctors will continue to develop new drugs that will enhance performance, which athletes will take until the drugs are put on the "banned" list.  From what I've heard HGH wasn't a banned substance when Barry Bonds started using it.  So technically he didn't break any rules until HGH was put on the banned list.  My point is that on some level it already has devolved into a competition of which athletes have the better "non-banned "drugs.

JacksonHts
JacksonHts

@mystafugee @willlovesboltsSIedition  

Maybe not in the Biogenesis case, but the Indictment of Dr. Galea, the HGH "blood spinning" doctor that some of the MLB players in the Biogenesis case were "patients" of, mentions 3-4 unnamed (in the indictment) NFL players.  

muser
muser

@leehwgoc ...because LBJ would be the very first player ever, in any sport, to start juicing to get bigger later in a career and to ward off father time....right....

muser
muser

@mystafugee...which proves with 100% certainty that he hasn't taken anything to help add the 25lbs since the last Olympics.... 

indybeck01
indybeck01

@EasyGoer So you criticize a generalization with a generalization. Hey pot I'm kettle

JosephDWilliams
JosephDWilliams

@leehwgoc @TheDistrict No one really knows. What we do know is body type is not always the best indicator! I hate when people criticize others for there opinions when all they are spewing is opinion!


JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@kj4027 @TheDistrict Could be the same reason why someone like Shaq was huge, while other players around his height were skinny in comparison

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@kj4027 @TheDistrict 'Starting'?  He's been a physical freak since adolescence, dude.  His physique isn't a new development.  It's been a permanent state.  Why do you think he was so uber-hyped, while still so young?

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

@kj4027 Body types are an absolutely lame argument for juicing accusations. People can do the exact same workouts and look completely different. And while LeBron is big and ripped for an NBA player, he's a beanpole compared to some NFL guys who are a good deal shorter. There have been ripped NBA players before. Was Ben Wallace juicing? Is Dwight Howard?

If you have evidence on him, let's hear it -- I have no love of LeBron. If your argument is "he looks jacked and Tim Duncan is skinny," that's not going to cut it.

RaidLakeDodge
RaidLakeDodge

@began2000 @RaidLakeDodge Agreed.  There is some hypocrisy when in comes to PED's.  Let's not forget Hugh Hefner, who must use some sort of PED!  :-) No one seems to care about that!  Sports may be on a different plane because it is about competition, not just performance.

began2000
began2000

@swidt 

To make my point.  I wouldn't be surprised if I heard that Michael Jordan had taken a  PED during his career.  (He bulked up tremendously while keeping his agility).  For example, during Jordan's career HGH wasn't well known and not on a banned list so Jordan could reap the benefits without breaking any rules.  Again there is no evidence to support this and is just for the sake of argument, but how would it be fair to compare a Michael Jordan who legally used HGH to athletes now who are restricted from using it? 

muser
muser

@YupIamhere. You're being funny right? Neither of those figures are close. 

YupIamhere
YupIamhere

@muser  you are off. lebron was 240 when he was 18 and he is 250 now. 25 pounds?


Silly comment

westcoasttiger
westcoasttiger

@chitownboxing @leehwgoc @TheDistrict  So you don't think he works out with weights in the off-season?  Hey, guys fill out as they get older.  Lebron was always a physical specimen, he always looked older than he was.  I'm not a Lebron fan but too many people here thinking correlation is the same as causation.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@muser @JasonLeBel That was the point I was trying to make. Some people are naturally freakishly big compared to others. The argument above was that because LeBron is big and Duncan is a beanpole, then LeBron _must_ be juicing.

Not saying he is or hasn't, but that it's not a valid argument 

muser
muser

@JasonLeBelShaq was that big in college. He didn't get more muscular and mobile...just bigger.

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

@leehwgoc @kj4027 @TheDistrictI'll admit that LeBron is an incredible athlete and has been that way since he was a teenager. But he has only added PED's to an already "freaksh" body. Just take a quick look at some pictures of him at the end of his time with the Cavs and with Miami. Yes, Ben Wallace and Dwight Howard are juicing. As sports fans we should be a bit more skeptical when someone performs or who has physical attributes that are well beyond the norm. You can call me dumb but I think you're being a bit naive - but time will tell.