Washington Nationals News: Ryan Zimmerman denies report linking him to PEDs


Today’s District Daily discusses the recent allegations linking Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and others to performance enhancing drugs.

Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, Sports Illustrated’s SI WIRE discusses Al Jazeera’s report linking Ryan Zimmerman and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (among other athletes) to a doping ring that allegedly supplied athletes with HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs. As the article below notes, Zimmerman and Howard’s attorney, William Burck, denied the report.

Burck told Action 6 News in Philadelphia that the allegations are “completely false” and even threatened to take legal action against Al Jazeera for “smearing [his] clients’ good names.”

Several other athletes linked to the report have also denied it, including Peyton Manning, who issued a statement saying the allegations against him were “complete garbage.” According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, MLB intends to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the allegations.

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Needless to say, it would be shocking if Zimmerman were truly involved with performance-enhancing drugs. Zimmerman has been with the Nationals for over a decade. He’s considered by many to be the Face of the Franchise and is an overwhelming fan-favorite and well liked player in the Washington D.C. community.

Not surprisingly, the Nationals were quick to issue a statement saying they support Zimmerman and will fully cooperate with MLB’s investigation:

Also in today’s Daily, Ryan Hatch of NJ.com discusses how the Nationals’ front office was split on signing free agent infielder Daniel Murphy. The team eventually signed Murphy to a three-year, $37.5 million deal.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. and as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your favorite Washington Nationals needs.

Attorney for Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman denies PED claims

(SI Wire)

The attorney for Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman denied a report linking the two players to performance enhancing drugs.

An investigative report from Al Jazeera alleges Howard and Zimmerman bought and used the drug Delta-2, a hormone supplement, from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. The report also named athletes Peyton Manning, Mike Tyson and Clay Matthews as those receiving PEDs from the clinic. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals’ front office divided on signing ex-Met Daniel Murphy, report says

(Ryan Hatch, NJ.com)

The Washington Nationals signed ex-Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy to a three-year, $37.5 million deal on Thursday, helping patch a void of left-handed hitters in their lineup.

Apparently, though, not everyone in the Nats’ organization was sold on the 30-year-old joining the team. Read full article here.