MLB stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman were both named in an Al Jazeera exposé on "the secret world of sports doping."
In response, the lawyer for both players has issued a statement.
“It’s inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Mr. Howard and Mr. Zimmerman,” said William Burck of the Quinn Emanuel firm.
“The extraordinary reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source who has already recanted his claims.
“We will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.”
The Phillies and Nationals have come out in support of Howard and Zimmerman, respectively, with the latter directly refuting the story.
"We do not find Al Jazeera's report -- which has already been recanted by their source -- to be credible," the Nationals said in a statement.
While Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was more prominetly featured in the report, Howard and Zimmerman were also implicated with the hormone supplement Delta 2.
Howard has served as Philadelphia's everyday first baseman since 2005. His resume includes three All-Star appearances, an NL Rookie of the Year award (2005), an NL MVP award (2006) and a World Series championship (2008).
Zimmerman has manned third base for Washington since 2006. He was an All-Star and Gold Glove award-winner in 2009.