Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Give me a break President Bush....

Yesterday I wrote a post over at Distance concerning Rafael Palmeiro's suspension from baseball and his claim that this was somehow "accidental steroid usage".

So how does President Bush respond given that he supposedly is against steroid use and supports the idea of players being tested?

Well, Rafael Palmeiro is a friend. He's testified in public, and I believe him. He's the kind of person that's going to stand up in front of the klieg lights and say he didn't use steroids, and I believe him. Still do.

Which do you believe? His first claim that he "never" took steroids? Or the new one after his suspension that he never "intentionally" took steroids?

Wait...I know, some wicked Liberal slipped him "a tainted product".


Jonathan said...

Maybe he didn't inhale? :)

Me4Prez said...

Using their list of banned substances that they count as steroids, a lot of over the counter supplements can get you in trouble. I don't know if that is what has happened, but most of the people who have been suspended by MLB used legal supplements from like GNC that contain banned substances

Lisa Renee said...

If you read this SI article it sounds like it isn't one of those:

Q: What substance triggered the positive result?

We don't know, and Palmeiro has made a huge mistake in not disclosing it. He did say on a conference call, "You know it is a steroid because I have been suspended for 10 days." Early indications are that it was not nandrolone, the source of 73 positives in the survey testing year of 2003 but only one last year. So-called prohormones, such as andro and 19-norandro, so closely resemble nandrolone in structure that they are identifiable in the body or processed in the body as nandrolone. Even the smallest trace amounts will produce a postive. Such elements were known to show up in muscle-enhancing supplements, but they have all but disappeared from supplements this year because they have been given the same legal classification as steroids, which is to say they now are illegal without a doctor's prescription. Palmeiro's refusal to be forthright with his career reputation at stake allows all kinds of speculation, including the possibility that he took a more hardcore steroid.

Sports Illustrated

I'll be the first one to apologize to President Bush for having faith in him if it turns out to be different.


historymike said...

What a stupid comment for the President to make.

At least he could just pull a "we'll have to wait and see how the events turn out," or something along those lines.

Besides, shouldn't he be more concerned about, oh, the war in Iraq or something?

Paul A. Miller said...

Palmeiro's "accident" is probably the same one that has kept Barry Bonds out of baseball this year (yeah, yeah, he's "hurt" - I've heard, wink, wink). These guys get trainers to give them pills and rubs and injections - but with a "don't ask, don't tell" agreement between them.

As far as Bush goes, I'm guessing he was trying to defend a player he helped bring to the Rangers a decade ago. And, yes, it was a pretty stupid thing to say.