All eyes were on Jenrry Mejia Friday (3-11) afternoon. The former Mets closer told reporters he wants to challenge the agreement he made not to appeal his third positive drug test, which led to his lifetime ban from baseball.
If things were not bad for him enough, he quite possibly just made things worse.
Mejia and his lawyer, Vincent White, went on to accuse Major League Baseball of setting up the failed drug test because he would not give up information regarding another person using performance enhancing drugs.
They asked me if I knew someone. I told them I couldn’t give them information on that person.
They told me that if I appealed, they had a third test, they could check it, and if they found something in the third test, they could ban me for life, like they’re doing now, but if I didn’t appeal, they would leave me alone. I could go back to practice and come back to baseball after the second suspension.
MLB released this statement:
Sadly, the comments made by Mr. Mejia and his representatives [Friday] continue a pattern of athletes hiring aggressive lawyers and making wild, unsupported allegations about the conduct of others in an effort to clear their names.
Mr. Mejia’s record demonstrates that he was a repeated user of banned, performance-enhancing substances. As such, per our collectively bargained rules, he has no place as an active player in the game today.
White says he has enough information to reopen the case. He would not get into details. He has retained San Francisco attorney Michael Rubin from the Altshuler Berzon firm to see if the agreement can be challenged.
Mejia has said he wants to play in the majors again and has the option to apply for reinstatement in February 2017. It will be up to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. If he allows the pitcher back in, the earliest he would be eligible to play is 2018.
There seems to be a lot of back and forth with this. First suspension: Mejia admits guilt. Second suspension: Claims inaccurate. Lifetime ban: Accuses major league baseball officials of conspiring against him because he wouldn’t give them information on someone regarding performance enhancing drugs. Draw your own conclusions.