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Under PED cloud, Gonzalez offers vehement denial

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08:11 AM ET 01.30 | Coming off a stellar season, Gio Gonzalez found himself swept up in an unfortunate list on Tuesday. [Gonzalez's] name surfaced along with several other star players in a report linking him to a Miami anti-aging clinic suspected of supplying athletes with PEDs, is now faced with an issue looming over so many of this century's ballplayers, from Jeff Bagwell to Ryan Braun. ... Gonzalez maintains his innocence, issuing a vehement denial of any involvement on his part, and the supplements linked to him in the report do not appear to be on baseball's list of banned substances. But the cloud that steroid use has cast over sports has made its way over the affable left-hander's head.

The Washington Times

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January 30, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Guilty, Bro.

January 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Innocent or not, you don't want to be linked to anything involving A Fraud.

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January 30, 2013  08:42 AM ET

No way once you are linked to PEDS anything you say will effect perception but didn't any of these guys ever hear of "Anything you say can and will be used against you"?
Best thing to do right now is to say "No comment".

January 30, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Once you're associated with PEDS, it never leaves your System!

January 30, 2013  10:27 AM ET

We believe you Lance

January 30, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Odds are these allegations will become nothing more than a minor distraction to Gonzalez

distraction or not,, the media and the fake clinic its going to hit hard every player mentioned in that black list,,,,,

January 30, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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Once you're associated with PEDS, it never leaves your System!

Nicely played.

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January 30, 2013  06:10 PM ET
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We believe you Lance

well played sir

January 30, 2013  06:32 PM ET

wiseup: Where there is smoke!!!!It will be interesting what kind of season those listed in the investigation have now that they will be under microscope. Sosa and Palmeiro denied using PEDsThe next season both of their stats dropped off dramatically and both were out of ML the following year.

January 30, 2013  07:57 PM ET

Guess we'll know when he blows out his arm this year....

January 31, 2013  02:29 AM ET
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wiseup: Where there is smoke!!!!It will be interesting what kind of season those listed in the investigation have now that they will be under microscope. Sosa and Palmeiro denied using PEDsThe next season both of their stats dropped off dramatically and both were out of ML the following year.

Mondo: Yes, you are the one known as "wiseup".

January 31, 2013  03:02 AM ET

Getting caught using PED's is still a big deal, IMO.

It's not surprising that players are getting caught. This is the "Steroid Era." Baseball let this happen. It just really, really sucks when it's your favorite player(s).
It'll follow them around forever; all the way to the Hall of Fame if they're good enough to be considered.

But that's baseball. A lot of fun, you just can't trust it. I grew up with this.

January 31, 2013  04:11 AM ET
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No way once you are linked to PEDS anything you say will effect perception but didn't any of these guys ever hear of "Anything you say can and will be used against you"? Best thing to do right now is to say "No comment".

Saying "No comment" implies guilt. Actually coming forward to make a statement is far more honorable. At least with Gonzales it's the first time he's been linked to anything like this, unlike Colon, Cabrera, or A-Roid. Plus, the products that Gonzales is said to have purchased do not fall under MLB's list of banned substances, but that's not going to stop people from trying to drag his name through the mud simply because he's a talented pitcher and they dislike the Nationals.

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February 1, 2013  05:44 AM ET
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HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY.

Pssst. Post this tomorrow when it actually is Groundhog day.

 
February 1, 2013  06:32 AM ET

"From Bagwell to Braun"? That really runs the gamut of the alphabet doesn't it?

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