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Attorney: MLB bullying witnesses in PED case

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A witness in Major League Baseball's lawsuit against Florida clinic Biogenesis claims he was bullied by the league, according to an ESPN report.

The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, who was named in the suit, claims MLB investigators intimidated his client and other witnesses.

The league has focused on the clinic in its performance-enhancing drugs investigation. Several players, including the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, have been linked to the clinic.

Acevedo's attorney, Martin Beguiristain, filed a motion to have his client dismissed from the lawsuit.

"They haven't sat down with me, much less got anywhere near my client, other than sending investigators to his house to bang on the door," Beguiristain said. "And threatening him and intimidating him. It is like they think they are the federal government. No, they went about this all wrong in regards to my client."

Beguiristain added that the league has acted inappropriately.

"I understand that they're saying they can't fight a fair fight with the people they are saying violated the contract (the players who are represented by the players' association)," he said. "They have to be bullies and go bully the little people. Every named defendant has been bullied by Major League Baseball. Investigators showing up at their houses, what is wrong with these people? Go to the guy's job. Why are you coming and banging on the guy's door? Who do they think they are?"

Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, Acevedo and three others were named as witnesses in MLB's lawsuit, which was filed in March. Beguiristain claims the suit is frivolous and said his client will not cooperate with the investigation.

MLB, which claims to have "tons" of witnesses, is looking to suspend players with ties to the client.
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