When a player fails a drug test in baseball, there are two people responsible for the mess — the player and the league. In the case of Cameron Maybin, who was suspended on Wednesday, there may be more fault in Major League Baseball but at the end of the day he failed a drug test that he wasn’t forced into failing.
The Padres will be without Maybin for the next 25 games as he serves out a suspension he claims stemmed from his ADD medication, which if is indeed the case is an absolute balk by Major League Baseball, but pinch yourself if you’ve heard the excuse abused int he past.
Maybin released the following statement after his suspension was made public, saying that he was not guilty of taking PEDs but rather got his meds switched up when he thought he had gotten the green light to do so.
“I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously ok’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive. I want to assure everyone that this was a genuine effort to treat my condition and I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career. I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and I will take my punishment and will not challenge my suspension. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Padres organization. I look forward to returning to the field and contributing to the success of my Club.”
This may indeed be a innocent mix up but baseball players as a whole group lost that right to play this particular card a long time ago. Its a pretty poor excuse to at this point to say you were taking something you thought was alright but it turns out it actually wasn’t.
That’s not a knock on Maybin personally, but rather his statement is one baseball fans are tired of hearing from players who insist that their failed drug test was an innocent mistake — even if it was, which it may indeed be in this unfortunate case.
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