Monday, August 01, 2005

BREAKING NEWS

Rafael Palmeiro suspended for violating MLB's drug policy

Wow.

I know Palmeiro was pegged by Jose Canseco, but I didn't really suspect Palmeiro actually used. Raffy appealed faster than you can say "Oral Turinabol," of course.

Two questions:

1. When was Palmeiro tested?

2. Not to be flippant, but is there any way this could be a "Viagra-related false-positive"?

I really hope that there's an explanation for this. I never particularly enjoyed him during my time following him as an O's fan, but I always respected and appreciated him. I suppose I still could and should, but this is a bit of a downer, obviously.

For what it's worth, here's his March 17 testimony before Congress, as excerpted by the USA Today article above:

"Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."

[EDIT: OBVIOUSLY THIS ENTRY WAS WRITTEN ON-THE-FLY AND IS NOW OUT OF DATE. I REFER YOU TO THIS ANALYSIS BY WILL CARROLL.]


Comments:
Depends on your definition of "use" is, I guess.

-Have you used steroids Mr. Palmeiro?
- No. Never. Never Ever.
- Have you abused steroids?
- Oh well, sure. All the time. Who hasn't?
 
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