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August 05, 2013

Nelson Cruz statement: "I made an error in judgment"

Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has released the following statement after be handed a 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs obtained from the Biogenesis of America clinic:

"I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended
for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to accept this suspension
and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. 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."


The Rangers responded thusly in a statement:

“The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Nelson Cruz has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Rangers’ organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers will have no further comment.”


-- Jeff Wilson


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