Mike Heller, host The Mike Heller Show
Mike O’Keeffe from the New York Daily News joined the show to talk about Ryan Braun's Biogenesis story.
Anthony Bosch, owner of Biogenesis, backed up Ryan Braun's comments that he only received legal advice from him, how credible is Bosch?:
"Well that's a very good question. It's easy to lie to ESPN, we'll see what he says once this lawsuit with Major League Baseball moves forward and he has to testify under oath. That said, he could have choose to not say anything, and it was interesting that he made a point to kind of clear Braun. Again, we'll know more once he has to testify under oath, but I thought it was very interesting that he made that effort to back up Braun in this case."
What's the timeline of this story?:
"We know that the Federal Government has shown some interest in this case. We know that Florida investigators, the Department of Health, are looking at Bosch and whether or not he practice medicine without the proper licensing, but these things take a long time. These investigations often take a long time to develop. The lawsuit that Major League Baseball filed is going to take a couple of months to unfold. We are going to start seeing discovery in that case pretty soon. There was a doctor that ESPN talked to last week who we later learned is going to be deposed in a couple weeks in this case. With anything like this, it's just sort of a matter of when the press gets a hold of documents or gets a hold of people who will talk, and makes that stuff available."
What is Major League Baseball trying to accomplish with investigating this?:
"I think Major League Baseball got beat up pretty bad over the years by Congress for having what Congressional leaders thought was a pretty lax drug program. (Commissioner) Bud Selig and others got dragged before Congress and they were embarrassed and chastised. The union, which in earlier years, had sort of a see-no-evil type of an attitude towards steroids is now hearing from players who want to play the game clean, and they want to get rid of the drugs, so I think what both the union and Major League Baseball are trying to do is have a program that is fair, that respects the rights of due process of players that are accused, but at the same time makes the game a place where players who aren't using drugs can excel, and gets Congress off their back and sort of eliminate the suspicion and the anxiety that a lot of fans feel about this."
Is Major League Baseball out to get Ryan Braun?:
"I don't think that's really the correct way to put it, but I understand why people would put it that way. What I think they want to do is show Congress and show fans and the union wants to show Major League Baseball that the drug program that they have in place right now is strong."