Turns out Major League Baseball's investigations related to the Biogenesis scandal aren't over just yet. ESPN's T.J. Quinn reports that the MLB Players Association is investigating agents whose clients were tied to Biogenesis.
One of the primary targets is ACES, an agency overseen by Seth and Sam Levinson, who represented 10 of the 25 players linked to the Biogenesis, the Miami-area PED clinic run by Anthony Bosch. ACES — thrust into the spotlight since Melky Cabrera was suspended in 2012 — was once investigated by the MLBPA. The agency was censured, but then-union chief Michael Weiner ultimately said the Levinsons didn't have any knowledge of their players seeking PEDs from Biogenesis.
The MLB Players Association, which certifies player agents, retained veteran Washington attorney Robert Muse to run the investigation several months ago, the sources said, and he and his staff are expected to issue a report within the next few weeks.
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 last year.
If the agents are found to have been complicit or to have violated their duties, they could face decertification, although the MLPBA's agent regulations also allow for lesser penalties.
After Quinn's story published, Seth Levinson sent out a statement. Here it is, via SB Nation's Chris Cotillo:
Seth Levinson of ACES issues statement in response to ESPN report of Biogenesis investigation. pic.twitter.com/37vpY5sO0L— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 3, 2014
Quinn calls Muse, the attorney on the case, a "heavyweight." He's worked on investigations related to Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
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