The Boston Red Sox will be without pitcher Steven Wright for the first 80 games of the season. The MLB has suspended him for almost half the season after testing positive for human growth hormone. Wright is no stranger to suspensions though. He was given 15 games for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy last year.
We stay away from politics here, so I am not going to get into why a drug suspension carries over 5 times as many games as domestic violence, but I have some thoughts on Wright’s statement he released through the MLBPA. He said:
“Although I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked as I have never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes.”
What? So, the test is completely valid and correct and PED’s are definitely coursing through his veins, but he has no idea how it got there. A very “that’s not my weed” approach. Do you think he was holding them for a friend? Give me a break, Steven.
The specific drug that Wright tested positive for was Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (the remix). The MLB has been testing for it since 2013.