…and here we go. The spin begins, with the opening salvo coming from Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. Gio, and his father, are mentioned in the Miami New Town report on Biogenesis distributing drugs to baseball players big and small. Though it appeared none of the products given to Gio are actually banned, the third place finisher in NL Cy Young voter is getting his version of the story out post haste.

Gio took to his personal twitter account in addition to issuing a statement to the Washington Times, declaring his total innocence:

I’ve never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will. I’ve never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie.

What else would we expect Gio to do in this situation?

There is more to come from this story, as the paper is expected to release more names and details, such as every instance of Alex Rodriguez’s name in the records they recovered. This is the first of many incredulous statements of innocence today, so be prepared. The sanctimony/misanthropy wrecking ball is on the move – try not to get squished.

Comments (9)

  1. The surprising thing to me these days is that certain players first instincts are still to deny, deny, deny and expect the public to believe them. The last decade has pretty much made even the most optimistic believer in these guys turn into cynics. I’m not saying Gio is guilty at this point, but if we’ve learned anything from all the past scandals, especially the Lance Armstrong case, is that pretty much all of the allegations ended up being true. Better to face up to the music and pay the price before you make things worse by showing yourself to be a liar as well as a cheat.

  2. Arod has now denied knowing the guy too.

  3. hmm, I would have thought that Gio would go with the “all of the drugs I received were not banned substances.” If evidence later points to the contrary, he could say that he did not knowingly take any banned substances. They must have unwittingly been added to the “accepted/legal” drugs he was already taking.

  4. Hi….so you have just been called up to play for your big league team….quick word of advise. Do not do anything that would put you in the MVP race or any type of record, IE HRS or hits or anythnig like that. Just hit for 270-290 with 25 hrs and 80 RBIs……you’ll get paid well, and never have to worry about anyone putting you on a list of PED users. But if you do hit well…..then try and stay away from anyone that has Dr by their name unless your team sends you there in a press release…..run run run.

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