David Ortiz has responded to some indirect steroid accusations from Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaugnessy that surfaced on Thursday. Among the reasons for Shaugnessy’s belief that Ortiz could be involved in PED discussions again was the fact that he is from the Dominican Republic. Immediately, that raises a red flag and Ortiz did not seem to appreciate the unfair accusations.
Ortiz commented on Shaugnessy’s approach in Spanish and he clearly viewed the column as discriminatory.
ESPN Boston had the translation which reads:
“Yesterday, the guy came to see me and asked some questions about steroids, and when you see the writing, it basically focuses on the fact that I’m Dominican and that many Dominicans have been caught using steroids. And what about the Americans?” Ortiz said.
“If you’re from the Middle East, because there are some people there who put bombs and terrorize civilians, I have to see you like that, as well? If you are a white American, I have to call you a racist because white Americans were in the Ku Klux Klan?
“The thing that stung me was his statement about Dominicans. You mean that in Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right? We are all in the same boat. And the people here who have been caught, does that put everyone here in the same boat?”
It is hard not to side with Ortiz.
If Shaugnessy would have had some cold hard facts, the suspicion or accusations would have been warranted. Instead, Shaugnessy went with Ortiz’s past and based his views on the ethnic background which could come across as racist to some.
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