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Friday, January 16, 2009
I feel saferIf there was any more evidence that the federal government's steroids crackdown is driven primarily by headlines, look no further than this:
Barely more than a week after Major League Baseball suspended Phillies reliever J.C. Romero for 50 games for using a banned substance, the laboratory that produced the nutritional supplement that the left-hander claimed was tainted and caused him to falsely test positive has been raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
I presume if the player involved was a bigger name than Romero, there would be an armed siege of the place right now.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 7:00am
Jason Rosenberg said...
Having followed the Romero situation a bit, but not too closely, I just noticed, for the first time, that he had TWO positive tests last season. Am I missing something, or does that pretty much put the lie to the “I didn’t know it was illegal” defense which Romero tried?
Posted 01/16 at 09:35 AM
I think the way it works is this: You submit two samples at one time. One is tested, then if it comes back from the lab marked positive, the second one is tested to make sure there is no false positive. Technically, you test twice every time you test.
Posted 01/16 at 09:57 AM
The Common Man said...
But then the information is slightly misleading to guys like Jason and myself, who read “two tests” and think that Romero must be some kind of idiot who was so commited to his supplement use that he refused to stop, even when he knew he was getting caught. Or maybe he was tested once, it came back positive and they didn’t tell him about it until they came to get more blood (which makes slightly more sense, I think. Anybody know the answer?
Posted 01/16 at 11:03 AM
Chris H. said...
According to Peter Gammons, he was tested on August 29 and September 19.
He got the news that he tested positive (from the August 29 test) on September 23 (AFTER the second test). He didn’t get the results of the September 19 test until October 12.
Posted 01/16 at 11:11 AM
What is the New England office of the DEA doing in Champaign, IL?
Posted 01/16 at 03:26 PM