Valencia strongly denies PED use, link to Miami clinic

Valencia strongly denies PED use, link to Miami clinic
February 13, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Orioles infielder Danny Valencia has reiterated his denial of any connection with Biogenesis, the Miami-based anti-aging clinic. 

Valencia said Wednesday that he doesn’t even know the clinic’s founder, Anthony Bosch.

The report linking Valencia to the clinic first appeared in the Miami New Times and was reported last week by Yahoo.

“Basically I’ve never had any contact with those people. I’ve never met Tony Bosch, never seen him, never been to that clinic, never heard of that clinic until the New Times story first broke,” Valencia said.

“That being said, I’ve never ever taken a PED in my life, never failed a drug test in my life and I never will.”

The report did not link Valencia with use of performance-enhancing drugs. Valencia, who was acquired by the Orioles from Boston last November said he was shocked when his name surfaced.

“I was really upset. I was trying to think of how this can possibly be. But I have nothing, I know just as much as everybody else,” Valencia said.  

“When I first got the phone call, I knew I was going to be in the clear, I knew I’m not going to get in trouble because there’s nothing they are going to find on me. I’ve never done anything. But he only thing that bothered me at the time was how the Orioles organization is going to perceive [it]. I thought about what Dan Duquette is going to think, obviously what Buck [Showalter] is going to think, my teammates. That’s what matters. That was my first feeling, I felt upset about that,” Valencia said.

“I’ve learned over the years to wait until they gather everything. I think there’s still a lot of speculation. We’ll see. Where I stand, I choose to believe my player and … we’ll see where it takes us,” Showalter said.