More than a month after the Al Jazeera report implicating Ryan Zimmerman and others in a story about performance enhancing drugs, Zimmerman has yet to comment in detail on the allegations. He has instead let a lawsuit he has filed against the network on the matter speak for itself.
But in the past, Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PEDs and those who have been accused of using them. There were two stories in particular that got Zimmerman talking on the subject. One was in 2012 when Ryan Braun - a member of the same 2005 draft class and a friend of Zimmerman's - was reported to have failed a drug test. The second was in 2013 when teammate Gio Gonalez was linked to banned substances through the Biogenesis scandal, along with Braun who was accused again.
Zimmerman's comments on Gonzalez and Braun share insight into how he feels about PEDs in general. It is fair to say that he has had some strong opinions on the matter.
In spring training of 2012, Zimmerman had this to say about Braun's allegations:
"This is our livelihood... That's the biggest thing that can be put on you that takes away your reputation and everything you've ever worked for. You get [accused] once in your career, you're screwed for the rest of your life. Everyone's always going to remember that."
"I think the drug system has done a very good job... There's literally no drugs in the game. If you're doing drugs, you're taking a huge risk and you're more than likely going to get caught. So I think the system has done its job."
In July of 2013, Zimmerman further discussed Braun and PED use with The Washington Post:
"I don’t want to say it’s unfortunate, because they did it to themselves... I don’t think there’s any room in the game for it. For me, if you have nothing to worry about, then you shouldn’t care what the penalties are."
"I think the guys that who are affected are the 24th, 25th guys on the roster... I feel bad for guys that are right on the fringe of making the team, and someone else used that for a couple years and took that away from them.”
And here is what Zimmerman said after Gonzalez was cleared from the Biogenesis report:
"Any time you’re on a list like that or suspected of something, I would imagine it weighs on you a little bit... To be cleared and be able to put it in the past and not have to worry about it anymore is, I'm sure, a great feeling. It's good for him, it's great for us, and hopefully we won't have to worry about it anymore with anyone in here."
Zimmerman will likely address the matter at some point, but these quotes demonstrate well his feelings on PEDs in general.