Fernando Tatis Jr.’s mom defends son from critics on Instagram

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports) /

Baseball pundits attacked Fernando Tatis Jr. for what they deemed a weak excuse for using PEDs. Tatis’ mom took to social media to defend him.

Tatis’ statement didn’t do him any favors. His excuse stated that he took the drug Clostebol to treat ringworm. In actuality, Clostebol does not treat ringworm at all.

New York Post MLB analyst Jon Heyman had a great synopsis of the incident:

"“Tatis said he “inadvertently” took the performance-enhancing drug Clostebol to treat ringworm, and apparently either he, his agent or his marketing guy thought the world would mistake Clostebol, the synthetic anabolic steroid he was caught with, for Clobetasol, an over-the-counter drug used to treat skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. Clostebol is never prescribed for skin defects or ringworm.”"

So, either Tatis Jr.’s marketing team got the drug wrong on their end, or they thought we’d all be dumb enough NOT to google the drug in question. Either way, it’s a bad look.

What is Clostebol?

FanSided’s Amy Kaplan already wrote an article on this subject. Here’s how she described the drug, via NCATS:

“Clostebol is a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid, a derivative of the natural hormone testosterone. Clostebol is a Schedule III controlled substance used medically in topical ophthalmologic and dermatologic treatments. Due to potential use as a performance-enhancing drug, clostebol is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

Fernando Tatis Jr.’s mom defends him on Instagram

Tatis Jr.’s mom took to social media to prove that her son did, in fact, have an issue with ringworm.

Yet, the question isn’t whether or not Tatis Jr. had an issue with ringworm. We’re happy to take him at his word on that!

The problem is the banned substance Tatis took, and the fact that it’s a banned substance and arguably could’ve helped him recover from his wrist injury in a faster manner.

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