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Manny Ramirez

I'm Sorry, So Sorry...

5/7/2009 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0507_manny_ramirez_bn_tmz_0-1Manny Ramirez just released the following statement regarding his 50 game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy:

"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me.

Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy, that mistake is now my responsibility. I've been advised not to say anything more for now.

I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past 5 seasons.

I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. L.A. is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation."

According to the MLB Players Association, Manny has waived his right to challenge that suspension.


Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt issued the following statement in reaction to today's statement: "We share the disappointment felt by our fans, our players, and every member of our organization. We support the policies of Major League Baseball, and we will welcome Manny back upon his return."

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Balloon Dude    

Dodgers has a rough 50 games ahead of them. You are a fool if you think they can win like they have been winning lately, without Manny.

1965 days ago
2.

J-Pyro    

Fail. Sucks to be Manny, but it's even funnier to laugh at all of the Sox fans that are just getting flamed now.

1965 days ago
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samadamman    

This guy is full of it. These athletes do not put anything into their body without knowing what it is. Especially in this day and age of testing and steroid abuse. Manny cry me a river.......you cheated.....you got caught....enjoy your 50 days off!!!!!!

1965 days ago
4.

artie help    

1st BITCHES ,and I love manny !!!! boriqua

1965 days ago
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Penguin65201    

You broke my heart Manny. I hope the Dodgers keep winning without you! This could be Martin's time to step it up and SHINE!!! GO DODGERS!!!

1965 days ago
6.

Spider    

This is a bunch of crap. It's all scripted.

1965 days ago
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Ut Oh    

Yep blame it on the prednisone

1965 days ago
8.

Bluecrew    

Manny screwed up. No worries..cause with or without him, the dodgers will be fine. Though for some reason I do find all this suspect. Anyway, Dodgers are World series bound....GO DODGERS!!!

1965 days ago
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Just my opinion    

Manny being Manny

1965 days ago
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Very Interesting    

What a frickin joke.. With the money this guy makes, he should not just simply take any medication that his doctor gives him (if that story is even true!!!) WITHOUT having a 3rd party such as MLB to make sure it is ok. It is just like movie stars or other athletes that makes millions and STILL get a DUI! With the money you make, you should get a driver when you drink.

And in this story, Manny should have had his so called medication tested before taking it. Which is my entire point- this excuse is TOTAL BS!!!

I bet A-Rod is smiling now knowing the heat is off of him for the time being!!!

1965 days ago
12.

They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

I used drugs but didn't know that it was drugs,hogwash,just like the pitcher for the phillies,lies all liars,and all the MLB team turn there back on drugs,not a very credible sport anymore,just like Boxing

1965 days ago
13.

karit    

I want to know what this "medication" was that his doc prescribed to him and what the "personal" health issue was. Don't these players know exactly what is allowed and what isn't? Even if the player didn't know, wouldn't a doctor know? I assume these docs that pro athletes see are privy to this kind of necessary information. DUH! This doesn't make sense...not buying it at all!!!

1965 days ago
14.

Chucky    

Manny: I'm Sorry, I'm just a Dumb Ass Loser. I'm Sorry. Get the eff outta here. Go PADRES!!! You all will see.

1965 days ago
15.

M    

Sounds just like Paula Abdul. There all a bunch of liers..

1965 days ago
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