Needless to say, this is the highest profile person to be suspended under the new MLB steroid policy (and interesting to see it coming so shortly after getting his 3,000th hit).
What is astonishing is the fact that his statement is: “I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period… Ultimately, although I never intentionally put a banned substance into my body, the independent arbitrator ruled that I had to be suspended under the terms of the program.”
This begs more than a few questions. How can you [i]unintentionally[/i] violate the policy? I am not 100% on every nook and cranny of what falls under the banned list besides steroids and pro-hormones (although it’s basically a poorly kept secret that the abuse of amphetamines is really the biggest drug problem in baseball). What exactly did the test show? Proof positive of a banned substance or just higher than normal testosterone levels?
Curious on everyone’s thoughts.