Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz is one of the 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball because of ties to the Biogenesis clinic. The outfielder gave an explanation on why he recurred to using performance enhancing drugs saying:
“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.”
Cruz got a 50-game suspension for this whole case, cause it’s his first case.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2013
Despite a few holding out hope that it was Jesus Montero’s brother Jesus (really) listed among the rule breakers, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners has indeed been suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis Clinic. There are some new names that weren’t previously listed, but no other Mariners are included outside of Montero.
Jesus Montero was also caught in the Biogenesis scandal. He also received a 50-game ban because it’s his first violation too.
Detroit Tigers’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta was also caught in the Biogenesis scandal. Like the two before him, Peralta will not appeal the decision and begin serving his suspension immediately.
Peralta released a statement Monday through the Tigers organization:
In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension.
I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost.
Kornelia Marek is a Polish cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished sixth in the 4 x 5 km relay, ninth in the team sprint, 11th in the 30 km, 35th in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, and 39th in the 10 km events.
On March 11, 2010, it was reported that Marek was tested positive for EPO by the Polish
Olympic Committee. On 7 April, 2010, it was announced that she will be banned from all competitions for two years
This is one of the cases I don’t understand, cause her best career finish was ninth in a 4 x 5 km relay in France in 2008 while her best individual finish was 23rd at a 10 km event in Estonia in January 2010. Why all the trouble if you’re not going to end first?
Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen admitted the use performance enhancing drugs from 1998 to 2010, in a press conference held on 31 January 2013. Under he drugs he used are, EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, cortisone and did blood transfusions.
Because he wanted to cooperate with the Danish anti-doping institutions, the authorities reduced the normal eight-year to a two-year ban.
Retired Russian biathlete Olga Medvedtseva, is a gold medal winner. At the 2002 Winter Olympics she won an individual gold medal in the 10 km pursuit, as well as the bronze medal in the team relay. At the 2006 Winter Olympics she won the silver in the women’s 15 km individual race.
She was disqualified on 16 February, from further competition for failing a drug test  when she tested positive for the stimulant carphedon. She was stripped from her medal and was banned for two years.
Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic, currently world No 15, has pulled out of two tournaments. Reports surfaced that he got a silent ban for failing a doping test during the tournament in Munich.