NY Mets pitcher, Jenrry Mejia, has become the first player in history to be suspended by the MLB permanently after testing positive for PED’s for the third time in the last 12 months. This isn’t exactly the type of history one should want to make.
According to the MLB, Mejia tested positive for boldenone, a substance athletes have used to increase muscle mass, Mejia denies he’s used anything. “It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything,” he tells Dominican sports journalist, Hector Gomez.
In one year the 26-year-old can apply to commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement. If reinstated he must still sit a minimum of two years before he can take the field again. If denied, Mejia can still ask baseball’s arbitrator to end the ban, claiming the penalty is without “just cause,” but the arbitrator cannot reduce the ban to less than two years.
According to Jenrry Mejia, though, he is not going down without a fight. “I’m going to appeal. Lose or win, I have great faith. I have to clear my name.” Mejia was quoted as saying. “I will take this case to the ultimate consequences.”
The Mets have released a statement regarding Mejia’s suspension. “We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the Mets said Friday. “We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”