Marlins’ Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PED use

Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games, without pay, after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, two performance-enhancing substances that are banned under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program (JDA).

MLB made the announcement late Thursday night following the Marlins’ win over the Dodgers.

Gordon released the following statement in response:

Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showied I ingested something that contained prohibited substances. The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20+ tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences.

Gordon, 28, is coming off a 2015 season in which he won the NL batting title and led the majors in stolen bases, while also claiming his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. For his career, he owns a batting line of .291/.326/.368 (94 OPS+) across parts of six major-league seasons.

In January, Gordon signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Marlins that includes a club option for 2021. Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan estimates that Gordon will lose $1.63 million in salary over the course

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25570740/marlins-dee-gordon-suspended-80-games-for-ped-use

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