Thursday, May 7, 2009
Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games For Testing Positive For Banned Substance
Major League Baseball has suspended Manny Ramirez 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance. This is according to the LA Times.
Not much is known at this point and more should come out as the day goes on. Again, it isn't known if its steroids ... but the LA Times source says that Manny is expected to blame medication that a doctor gave him. Ya know, that old chestnut.
What is known is that this is yet another black eye for baseball. You have, arguably, the top two hitters right now caught doing banned substances. And while Manny shuffles off for a couple months, Alex Rodriguez is set to step right back in.
The only good thing about it is that the testing baseball uses can work, once.
UPDATE: Here is Man-Ram's statement to the media:
"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me," Ramirez said. "Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.
"I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to [Dodgers owner Frank] McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, [manager Joe] Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation."
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