With allegations emerging Tuesday that some members of the Miami police force were clients of the infamous Biogenesis steroid clinic, city and police officials can say they’re already moving to include the anabolic drugs on the list of banned substances for which officers will be tested.
But one has nothing to do with the other, apparently.
“There’s no correlation between the two,” said Major Delrish Moss.
Miami New Times reported Tuesday that Florida Department of Health investigator Jerome Hill discovered during an investigation of Biogenesis that Miami police were among the clinic’s clients, along with professional baseball stars, teen athletes and even a local judge. Hill also alleged that Biogenesis steroids confiscated by the department disappeared from the evidence room.
Those allegations dropped as city negotiators prepare for a Thursday meeting with Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police to resume talks over details of a new contract. Negotiators broached the topic of steroid testing weeks ago, and union representatives were receptive.
However, both Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso and FOP president Sgt. Javier Ortiz said they weren’t aware of any specific allegations of steroid abuse, and the likelihood of steroid testing was unrelated.
“I don’t have any evidence or allegations or anything of that nature at this time,” Alfonso said.
Moss, speaking on behalf of Police Chief Manuel Orosa, said the department has seen evidence of “rage-like” behavior from some cops, but never had the ability to test for steroids. He said the one current officer named as a Biogensis client in the New Times report, Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, was duped into attending the clinic to treat a legitimate health condition, and is considered a victim.