Fernando Tatis Jr. released a statement following news of his positive PED test and suspension Aug 4, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced that San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had tested positive for PEDs and would miss the rest of the season. The news was stunning and saddening to the Padres and the entire baseball world. That includes Tatis.

Tatis released a statement (per Alden Gonzalez, ESPN) explaining what happened and apologizing to Padres owner Peter Seidler, president of baseball operations and general manager A.J. Preller and everyone else affected.

“It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol,” the statement said, in part. “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. I want to apologize to Peter, AJ, the entire Padres organization, my teammates, Major League Baseball, and fans everywhere for my mistake. I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect the game I love.”

There was some support for Tatis following his statement — but not much.

By and large, baseball fans were less than sympathetic to Tatis and did not buy his explanation.

The problem here for Tatis is that so many athletes who test positive for PEDs say similar things. If it’s not regarding a medication used to treat an illness, it’s something to the effect of “I unknowingly put this into my body.” So, even in situations where it might be the case, fans are just not interested in hearing it. It’s such a typical explanation that it falls on deaf ears.

[Alden Gonzalez on Twitter]

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