According to a report on ESPN.com, Phillies lefthander J.C. Romero has been suspended 50 games for using a banned supplement. The 33-year-old reliever, who won the third and clinching game of the 2008 World Series, has been ruled guilty of “negligence,” though Major League Baseball did not say that Romero cheated, according to the report.
Romero said on Monday that he bought a supplement from a GNC store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, last July - and that the Players Association had told players that was acceptable.
“I still cannot see where I did something wrong,” Romero told ESPN.com. “There is nothing that should take away from the rings of my teammates. I didn’t cheat. I tried to follow the rules.”
Three months after Romero was tested before a game on August 26, the Players Association sent a letter to players.
The letter stated, “We have previously told you there is no reason to believe a supplement bought at a U.S. based retail store could cause you to test positive under our Drug Program. That is no longer true.”
Posted: January 06, 2009 at 04:50 AM | 50 comment(s)
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