CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The performance-enhancing drug scandal that has embroiled Major League Baseball and numerous star athletes over the last few months may also include local South Florida high school athletes.
According to ESPN.com, 10 Miami-area high school baseball players are included in documents from Biogenesis of America, a local clinic that was investigated for providing PED's to professional athletes.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program spoke with Porter Fischer, a former Biogenesis employee. who said he witnessed boys as young as 16 and 17 at the clinic and that they were given packages that included HGH and testosterone.
Another ESPN source said that Biogenesis regularly injected young athletes with HGH and other prescription drugs.
According to the report, two of the high school players were sons of Lazaro Collazo, a former baseball coach at Gulliver Prep.
When contacted by Local 10, John Krutulis, Gulliver's director and head of schools, said the allegations were shocking adding, "Gulliver has no knowledge of any student involvement, but given the seriousness of the allegations, we have launched an internal investigation."
Christopher Columbus High School also issued a statement, saying: "We were shocked at the reckless allegations made related to Christopher Columbus High School students that appeared in a Miami Herald article on July 26th. Christopher Columbus High School maintains a strict no tolerance policy regarding illegal drug use of any kind by its students. In fact, last year all of our students were drug tested for illegal drug use. In addition, we abide by all policies and by-laws set forth by the Florida High School Athletic Association."
Parents of high school students listed in the documents did not return messages left by ESPN or denied having contact with Tony Bosch, former head of Biogenesis of America.
Bosch cooperated with Major League Baseball's investigation of its players, giving up 20 to 25 names who he had provided PED's, including Ryan Braun, a former Miami Hurricane and National League MVP with the Milwaukee Brewers who was suspended 65-games for his connection to the clinic.
Yankees star, and former Westminster Christian player, Alex Rodriguez's name has also been tied to the clinic and he is expected to be suspended in the upcoming weeks.
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