Fresh off his lifetime suspension for this third positive steroid test, Jenrry Mejia is claiming that MLB set him up to be barred from the league. Not only is Mejia claiming that his second test was inaccurate, he is claiming that MLB fabricated the results of the third test, and the players’ union failed to advocate on his behalf.
Mejia said that baseball officials told him that if he appealed the punishment for the second doping offense, “they will find a way to find a third positive,” Mejia, who is from the Dominican Republic, said through an interpreter. “I felt there was a conspiracy against me. I feel that they were trying to find something to bring me down in my career.”
Mejia claims that MLB was pressuring him to find the source of his drugs, and to see if any other players were using the illegal substances.
Mejia is eligible to apply for reinstatement in 2017, although one has to think such claims will not help his case one bit, and such a claim is one not likely to be forgotten by the men in charge. Going after both the league and the union does not seem like a very wise tactic, but then again for a player to get busted three times for using the same substance, he may not make very wise decisions anyways.
“The association should have done more,” Mejia said, adding that he thought the union “should have been there to defend me — because that’s what they’re there for. They should have found something to appeal for.”
Mejia has retained outside counsel, who specializes in labor disputes.
White said he was unsure what, if any, legal avenues Mejia would pursue. “For us, this is a collective bargaining issue, this is a labor issue, this is an employer who we see perhaps overstepping,” White said.
Mejia said he had no regrets. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “If the situation was meant to happen, then it was meant to happen. If God wanted it that way, it’s going to happen.”