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Friday, August 06, 2021

Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano suspended 80 games for PED violation

Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

MLB said Laureano, a 27-year-old who is in his fourth season with the A’s, tested positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension is effective immediately.

Laureano denied that he knowingly took the banned substance in a statement released by the players’ association and said he “was shocked” when he learned about the positive test.

“I have worked too hard and given too much to this sport to disrespect or cheat the game that I love,” he said in the statement. “I would never do anything to dishonor my family, teammates, and coaches or do anything to let down the many young ball players that look up to me.

“I take great care of my body and have an extremely regimented diet. Based on the minuscule amount that was briefly in my body, I’ve learned that it is likely that it was contamination of something I ingested.

“I have been educated about PEDs through the RBI program and Baseball Factory while growing up. I know I don’t need any of that to perform on the baseball field. All my athletic success has come from my hard work, focus and dedication to the game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 08:37 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GregD Posted: August 07, 2021 at 10:30 AM (#6033369)
Sucks. My daughter’s favorite player. Not as good as she thinks he is but hustles and has that great arm. Wonder if the As had knowledge this was coming when they pulled the trigger on Luzardo for Marte
   2. Ron J Posted: August 07, 2021 at 04:01 PM (#6033394)
There used to be a better than fair chance that a test for Nandrolone was a false positive. Around 20% of supplements were tainted ( androstenedione ), and it's certainly possible it's tainted supplements.

Won't matter unless he can show that it was tainted supplements from a major league approved supplier. See what happened with J. C. Romero. Romero introduced evidence showing that the supplements he was taking had andro without it being listed (and a few years later would win a lawsuit with the suppliers). Still lost his appeal. The CBA has strict liability standards in the drug testing. That is to say, you fail the test and you have to show that the test results were not correct.

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