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A Guide Through The Legal World Of Sports With A Fantasy Spin: Fielkow's Law

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight twice a month into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

For those unfamiliar with the scandal that has unfolded over the past few months, here's a quick refresher. Last summer, several players; Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, all with connections to the Miami area, tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone. MLB launched an investigation, which eventually led to Tony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis of America “wellness” clinic in Miami. MLB repeatedly interviewed former Biogenesis employees and Bosch associates and obtained a number of Biogenesis documents. Throughout the investigation, a number of well-known players were allegedly linked to performance enhancing drug (PED) use, including both Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez. Braun's name, in particular, appears on at least two Biogenesis documents, one that lists him as owing $20,000 to $30,000 and another that says he owed $1,500 for what sources said were PEDs. Braun has denied ever using or receiving PEDs and claims that the money owed to Bosch was for consu

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