Nelson Cruz Says Stomach Bug "No Excuse" for Steroid Use, Blames Stomach Bug for Steroid Use

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It's been more than six months since our sister paper in Miami broke the news that Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, who was listed in patient logs as "Mohamad," was a customer of Biogenesis, a shady South Florida steroid clinic. Major League Baseball finally brought down the hammer today, suspending Cruz and 11 other ballplayers for 50 games. A 13th Biogenesis customer, admitted doper Alex Rodriguez, has already appealed his 211-game suspension.

Before talk turns to who should fill the third slot in the Rangers' batting order, it's time for Cruz's de rigueur show of contrition. He released a statement today through his attorneys fessing up to steroid use:

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I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers' fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.

Points for Cruz for taking his lumps and accepting the suspension.

Negative points for having previously denied being a Biogenesis customer or using performance-enhancing drugs, which we now know is a lie.

A few more negative points for adding the line "my illness was no excuse" immediately after a concentrated effort to use his illness as an excuse.

But hey: At least he's not A-Rod.


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14 comments
mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

It'd be awesome if someone strung together all of the "excuses" offered by these 12 very contrite human beings.

JFPO
JFPO

Roids/HGH/testosteroneWTF-ever for a gastrointestinal infection? That is some of the lamest shit I've ever heard. It's like Lamar Smith chairing a congressional science committee. Oh, wait....

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

what was his excuse for missing the fly ball in the World Series?

JackJett
JackJett

I have played professional Baseball for most of my adult life and have never had the need for any extra supplements.  I have scored close to 100 touchdowns in my career and have won multiple Emmys for my work.

Chuck Williams
Chuck Williams

I once killed a bunch of people with a chainsaw because I had a toothache...

Lauren Montonen
Lauren Montonen

david stern wont let any of his nba stars go down. its not gonna come to the nba any time soon. (suspensions, I mean)

Chris Blackmon
Chris Blackmon

I heard he's blaming roids for not catching the dam ball and against the cardinals!!!!!! Lmao

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

Hope they can still make the playoffs, if they make them he is eligible to play in the post season.

Kent Gilliam
Kent Gilliam

He needs to just shut up. He already looks like an idiot. Why open his mouth and remove any doubt?

Christopher Cyrek
Christopher Cyrek

I can't wait to hear the inane excuses once this thing hits the NBA.

Nick Cirksena
Nick Cirksena

How is he blaming a stomach bug then says "No Excuse?" Doesn't make sense.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

the NBA has random drug tests on players, and in the last decade 8 have been suspended for failing the tests for PED.

The NBA has been the most aggressive of any professional org on the issue, the league and PA have agreed to drug tests on players since 1983.

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