Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez suspended for doping
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.
The 36-year-old batter has now been added to the ever-lengthening list of players involved in doping scandals. The suspension will cost him $7.7m—roughly one-third of his $25m salary this year.
Ramirez issued a statement through the MLB Players Association claiming that a medication that was prescribed by his doctor was to blame.
“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy,” Ramirez said. “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.”
The 12-time all-star player, who has helped his team to 13 straight home wins so far this season, also apologized to the Dodgers’ owners and fans, as well as manager Joe Torre.
“LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed,” Ramirez’s statement continued. “So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.”
This is the second major drug revelation to hit MLB in the last few months after New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted in February taking steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.
Ramirez will not be eligible to return until July 3.