People everywhere are fully aware of the embarrassment Major League Baseball has endured due to the huge performance-enhancing drug fiasco. Today’s MLB wants the world to know that they are no longer going to look aside if players are found to have any banned substances in their system. So, what happens when there’s a gray area? Will the players always be punished in order for MLB to maintain the shiny halo above its head?
Today, Major League Baseball will announce that Philadelphia Phillies middle reliever J.C. Romero will be receiving a 50-game suspension for violating the league’s substance policy. He has been found guilty of “negligence” and will start serving the suspension at the beginning of the 2009 season.
No biggie? Well, ESPN’s Peter Gammons brought up some good points that makes this suspension seem unfair.
Romero went to a GNC in Cherry Hill, NJ and purchased over-the-counter supplements. The MLBPA informed MLB players that over-the-counter supplements were acceptable and would not contain anything that would cause the players to fail a drug test. He checked with numerous sources to make sure in did not contain any banned substances. He received the thumbs-up and that was that.