Alex Rodriguez To Fight MLB Drugs Suspension
On Monday of this week, Major League Baseball took disciplinary action against 13 players for their use of banned performance enhancing drugs. Several big names, including Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta, were among those handed a 50 game ban. The biggest ban, though, was for arguably the biggest name of all – Alex Rodriguez. The man known as A-Rod has been suspended for a massive 211 games, meaning he is not eligible to play until 2015.
Although the other 12 players have accepted their bans, A-Rod has announced that he plans to appeal against his ban before the deadline on Thursday. As it will realistically be at least a couple of months until any ruling on this appeal, A-Rod should be able to play until then. Just a few hours after his suspension was announced on Monday he made his season debut, having been out with a hip injury since earlier this year.
A-Rod joined his New York Yankees team mates for their series opener at Chicago White Sox. After the match, during which he was frequently booed, he admitted his game was a little rusty but said he was delighted to be back out and playing again. He did not deny having used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) but did say he was disappointed with the punishment he had been given.
The suspensions are all linked to a probe into Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic based in Miami which was suspected of supplying PEDs to MLB players. The clinic is no longer trading, but a number of former employees are said to have given evidence to the MLB commissioner. Reports state that the investigation into Biogenesis revealed that players had been using PEDs and avoiding detection.
The MLB have suggested that A-Rod’s ban is longer than the other players due to his attempts to cover up his, and others, use of banned substances. It is likely that more information will come to light over time if Rodriguez goes ahead with his appeal. The players’ association has said that they support his appeal so there are sure to be a few twists and turns to come.
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