It’s that time of year when you get to eat your crackerjacks, drink your beer, and catch up on the latest steroid scandal: baseball season.
Recently, Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd is the one on the hot seat after testing positive for secretagogue Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that reduces hepatic catabolic stress response during steroid treatment.
The real kicker is it’s not Byrd’s first offense. He was suspended previously for PEDs in 2012 and will sit out 162 games for his current offense. However, Byrd also claims that he had no idea that he was even taking the substance. He says that he learned from his mistake in 2012 and was hyperaware of all intakes, relying on a “medical professional for assistance and advice.”
Although it sounds like he’s pleading innocent, his apology takes accountability:
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
To top it all off, retired pitcher Dan Haren tweeted that he wanted all of Byrd’s home runs off of him returned and Tigers’ RHP Justin Verlander tweeted an angry face emoji. Classic.
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