Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of baseball’s most promising young players. Tatis has been suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball a few days ago after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Recently, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s father excused the situation, claiming that fungus from a haircut has caused a positive PED test.
TMZ reported that Fernando Tats Jr.’s father claimed that his son’s positive PED test was the result of a bad haircut for the MLB superstar. On Monday, Fernando Tatis Sr. detailed the problem to MLB insider Héctor Gómez, claiming that after the Padres outfielder received a chop recently he acquired a fungus on his skin.
Tatis Sr. stated that his 23-year-old son sought treatment for the problem, but one of the substances in the solution happened to cause a positive test. These outcomes eventually led to the slugger receiving an 80-game suspension from the MLB last week.
Tatis Sr. wanted to be known that his son is not a cheater but just did not read the ingredient list of a skin problem medication carefully enough. Tatis Sr. lambasted baseball’s decision to impose the ban, saying it will ultimately harm the game more than the league realizes.
“All of this has happened because of something that is not worth this issue. This is something for the skin, that’s something that’s not performance enhancing and has no testosterone. It has nothing to help you improve in the game.”
“It was a mistake that could have been handled differently. Destroy the image of a player for such a small thing, for a situation like this is a catastrophe not just for Tatís Jr., but for all baseball.”
“There’s millions of fans that will stop watching baseball.”
Tatis Jr., for his part, accepted responsibility for everything, saying he had “no excuse for my error.” He also blamed the test findings on a skin issue ringworm and the medication he was taking to treat it.
“I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.”
Tats Jr.’s punishment will last until the conclusion of the season and into the Padres’ 2023 schedule due to the length of the sentence. What are your thoughts on this? Is the punishment meted out to Tatis just? Let us know in the comments. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more information.
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