Major League Baseball (MLB) Player for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
[Editor's Note: As of May 7, 2009, ProCon.org was unable to find a statement from Manny Ramirez on the topic of performance enhancing drugs.
Ramirez released the statement below on May 7, 2009 in response to the announcement that Major League Baseball has suspended him for 50 games for testing positive for banned substances.]
"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a
medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me.
Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.
I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation."
"MLBPA Statement in Response to Suspension of Manny Ramirez," Major League Baseball Players Association, May 7, 2009 (View press release) (30 KB)
Born May 30, 1972 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Has hit career total of 533 home runs (as of May 7, 2009)
Signed a two-year contract for $45 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Mar. 4, 2009
On May 7, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that the MLB had suspended Manny Ramirez for 50 games because he tested positive for a banned substance. Ramirez will lose an estimated $7.7 million of his $25 million salary in 2009 as a result of the suspension.
On Apr. 3, 2009, Jose Canseco said that Ramirez's "name is most likely, 90%" on the 2003 list of 104 players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, although he did not provide any proof and the only confirmed name on the list was Alex Rodriguez.