The Los Angeles Times and ESPN were among the first to report that L.A. Dodgers superstar hitter Manny Ramirez was just nailed with a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball. He was busted for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. It will be interesting to see how the scandal plays out as more and more of MLB’s top stars find themselves entangled in the nasty web of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
Here is an excerpt from the ESPN story (for the full version, check out the link below):
The Los Angeles Dodgers star said he did not take steroids and was prescribed medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance. The commissioner’s office didn’t announce the specific violation by the 36-year-old outfielder, who apologized to the Dodgers and fans for “this whole situation.”
“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 in a statement issued by the players’ union.
“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.”