Report: MLBPA investigating agents involved with Biogenesis scandal
The players' union is investigating agents that might have played a role in the Biogenesis scandal, according to an ESPN report.
According to T.J. Quinn of ESPN, the MLB Players' Association is investigating agents who may have played a role in the Biogenesis scandal. The union retained heavyweight attorney Robert Muse to run the investigation several months ago, and a report is expected in the coming weeks.
Here's more from Quinn:
According to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the two primary subjects of the investigation have been the ACES agency out of Brooklyn, run by longtime agents Seth and Sam Levinson, and CAA in Los Angeles, where agent Nez Balelo represents Ryan Braun. Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, accepted a 65-game suspension for PED use.
MLBPA general counsel David Prouty declined to confirm the existence of the investigation, saying, "We don't comment on internal investigations or whether we're conducting them."
A spokesman for MLB described the investigation as "an internal union matter" and referred questions to the MLBPA.
If any wrongdoing is found, the MLBPA can decertify the agent(s) if they choose. They also have the option of issuing lesser penalties.
A total of 25 players were identified as Biogenesis clients -- not all were suspended -- including Braun and Alex Rodriguez (162 games). Ten of the 25 were ACES clients.
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