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Sat, 08/08/2009 - 12:15pm  

Union issues statement, points out flaws in 2003 testing

The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement Saturday morning prior to David Ortiz press conference at Yankee Stadium, in which he was to address the report that he was one of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Within the statement the union points out three flaws in the perception regarding the reports on the sealed test. The following is what is written in the statment:

 
“First, the number of players on the so-called "government list" meaningfully exceeds the number of players agreed by the bargaining parties to have tested positive in 2003.  Accordingly, the presence of a player's name on any such list does not necessarily mean that the player used a prohibited substance or that the player tested positive under our collectively bargained program.
 
“Second, substantial scientific questions exist as to the interpretation of some of the 2003 test results.  The more definitive methods that are utilized by the lab that administers the current Drug Agreement were not utilized by the lab responsible for the anonymous testing program in 2003. The collective bargaining parties did not pursue definitive answers regarding these inconclusive results, since those answers were unnecessary to the administration of the 2003 program.
 
“Third, in 2003, legally available nutritional supplements could trigger an initial "positive" test under our program. To account for this, each "test" conducted in 2003 actually consisted of a pair of collections: the first was unannounced and random, the second was approximately 7 days later, with the player advised to cease taking supplements during the interim. Under the 2003 program, a test could be initially reported as "positive", but not treated as such by the bargaining parties on account of the second test."

 




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