With Martin Shkreli back in the news after a wild story of a Bloomberg reporter Christie Smythe throwing away her marriage and career to be with him surfaced, somehow the infamous “Pharma Bro” wound up in baseball’s headlines.
ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan seized Shkreli’s return to the limelight as an opportunity to share an anecdote about Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who evidently wasn’t the scorned former hedge fund manager’s biggest fan.
“Someone suggested Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow try to get angry before starts,” Passan wrote on Twitter Monday. “To do this, he would look at pictures of one person. He pulled out his phone and showed me. It was Martin Shkreli.”
Shkreli became public enemy No. 1 in 2015 when his pharmaceutical company acquired the anti-malarial, anti-parasitic drug Daraprim, which was often used to treat patients with AIDS-related toxoplasmosis. In a clear case of price-gouging, Shkreli hiked the drug’s price from $ 13.50 to $ 750 per pill overnight.
And because no generic alternative for the drug existed, patients were forced to pay the ridiculous prices for the medication.
Shkreli was later convicted of fraud and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2017 after he duped hedge fund investors.