As I’m sure you’ve heard, Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. Predictably, he said it was all a mistake. They all do, don’t they?
“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.
Big problem, however. ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada (who broke the Barry Bonds’ steroids story for the San Francisco Chronicle) and T.J. Quinn (who helped advance the story while with the New York Daily News) had two sources tell them that the drug used by Ramirez was hCG — human gonadotropin. According to ESPN, hCG is a woman’s fertility drug “typically used by steroids users to restart their body’s natural testosterone production as they come off a steroids cycle.”
Hmmm. Just what kind of doctor was he seeing? It doesn’t look good for Manny, and now he’s in danger of being added to the long, ever-growing list of superstars whose entire body of work is now under suspicion.
That list includes:
I have a funny feeling this list will expand.