Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been suspended from Major League Baseball for a whopping 50 games after testing positive for HCG, a drug just recently added to the league’s banned list. The drug, with the full name of human chorionic gonadotropin, is normally prescribed by doctors as a fertility drug for women or to help men who have low testosterone levels and may be trying to conceive. On the bad jock side, HCG can also be used by male athletes to increase the production of testosterone after steroid use to help mask the use of performance enhancing substances.
Of course, Ramirez denies any wrong doing and claims the drug was prescribed for a legitimate medical condition and that he and the doc didn’t know it was banned.
So, what do you think: Is Ramirez a juicer or did he just get caught in an unfortunate set of circumstances? Your comment below.
Answering questions about Manny: Slugger’s 50-game suspension prompts many inquiries [MLB]