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Total Pro Sports – The World Baseball Classic is fashionably late on this one, but their drug testing results are in and Geovany Soto has tested positive for marijuana. Oddly enough, the Cubs catcher will be punished, even though we all know that playing while high only makes one’s accomplishments even more impressive.
Soto represented Puerto Rico during this year’s WBC, but he will not be representing his country in international competition over the next two years as part of his disciplinary action. In a statement released today, Soto stated that this is not something he usually partakes in (no surprise there).
Soto released the following statement:
“While I fully acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident.
“I do not say this to minimize or deflect from my conduct and I fully understand the ramifications of my actions. I have and will accept any and all consequences.
“I am fully dedicated to the game of baseball and my teammates, and I apologize for any distraction and embarrassment this may cause them.
Finally, I would like to thank the Chicago Cubs organization for its support in this matter. I take great pride in putting on my Cubs uniform every day and I look forward to helping the team achieve a successful season.” [Chicago Sun-Times]
Soto will not be disciplined by the Cubs or the MLB, and rightfully so. Performance-enhancing drugs have no place in sports, but performance-decreasing ones should not be looked at in a similar fashion. And if you don’t think so, try hitting a 95 mph fastball while high.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]