At what point do the authorities start looking at this for what it is?
I don't think athletes should be allowed to take things that alter their bodies(ie Barry Bonds) or eyesight but I don't see why drugs or medical treatments that help them recover from injuries are banned.
from what I've heard today, HGH doesn't do much on it's own, but in combination with other ingredients, it helps with performance. so the answer to your good question probably lies in that area.
This site is saying nothing listed in the clinics records for Gonzalez fall under banned substances.
NONE of the ingredients in AminoRip are on the MLB’s banned substances list, nor is Zinc and MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline). We cross-checked them all against the banned list.
Looking at his career stats, Gio was awful in 2008 and 2009 and fantastic in 2010 through 2012. Sure looks like he became a "patient" of "Doctor Dope" right after the 2009 season.
If the publicity forces Gio off the drugs, he'll be lousy in 2013 just as he was in 2008 and 2009. He'll probably fake an injury and recuperate on the disabled list for a couple months.
Everyone seems too quick to trust the Miami tabloid that broke the story about these players. It's best to wait for the MLB to complete their investigation:
Rodriguez denies the allegations, as has the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, who’s also listed in the notebooks. And there may be good reason to question the evidence: The file described above gives Feb. 7, 2009 as a Monday, when it was in fact a Saturday. Another entry implicating A-Rod shows up in the "2010" book below the date Monday, Nov. 21, though the 21st fell on a Sunday in 2010. If we trust the listed days, then the records would seem to have been misfiled—those dates would match the days of the week for 2011 or 2005, not 2009 or 2010.
"My son works very, very hard, and he's as clean as apple pie," the elder Gonzalez says. "I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that's it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I'd be dumb enough to go there?"
the latest thing I heard about Gio is that his name appears 5 times in the ledger. sometimes it's just his name, other times the entry says Max/Gio. this suggests Max took home some goodies for Gio. he is listed as receiving "pink cream". this pink cream has already been identified as an HGH/testosterone designer PED.
furthermore, Gio sent an instagram photo a couple months ago, of him and his workout buddy Jimmy Goins. Goins works for the athletic dept at the U of Miami. this guy is also on the list as a confirmed recipient of the pink cream.
as someone said on the radio last night, why would this doctor hand write false entries about Gio Gonzalez, what would he have to gain by faking Gio as a patient who gets PEDs from his office?
Doc: "Hey, Gio uses this stuff, it will help you!"
Loser: "I lift tings up und put dem down."
Doc: "We have many other pro athletes who get it from us!"
Loser: "I lift tings up und put dem down."
I don't know if that validates anything, but it seems worth mentioning.
here's an interesting point brought up by Bob Costas.
'these athletes have access to the best equipment, trainers and medical advancements in the world. yet they always seem to find some shady Dr. working out of a shoe box in a strip mall.'
it's a really good point.
Barry Bonds was known as being obsessive about his health and wellness. but when asked about his use of the cream and the clear, he said he didn't know what it was. he was using. someone told him to take it and so he just did. really?
if you're Nelson Cruz, wouldn't you look into a doctor's history and situation before going to him? and once you find out their list of clients include several known PED users, isn't that a good time to say, no thanks. doesn't that kind of flashing warning sign inspire you to look for someone else? why not call your team's physician or trainer and ask them to help you find a good Dr.?
this is the stuff that makes it real hard to believe they didn't know what they were doing.
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