Giants relief pitcher Guillermo Mota is facing a 100-game suspension after failing a performance-enhancing drug test for the second time in his MLB career. Since he’s not that notable of a player, we wouldn’t pay much attention to this news other than to say he’s every bit the cheater we already knew he was. But hold on a second. This guy has given us reason to address his suspension; Mota’s blaming his positive test for clenbuterol — a banned stimulant — on children’s cough medicine.
“Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands that,” agent Adam Katz said. “A 100-game suspension for taking a children’s cough medicine that contains trace amounts of a prohibited substance, which is what happened here, is severe and unfair and does not reflect the intention of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We will appeal it.”
Guess what folks? We now have a leader for worst excuse ever when it comes to failing a drug test. We’ve heard some bad ones over time. Remember the lame excuses from Brian Cushing and Rashard Lewis? Yeah, those have nothing on this one.
Guillermo Mota, a 38-year-old aging reliever, wasn’t trying to take a banned stimulant to enhance his game. Oh no, he was just busted for taking a swig of Dimetap. What’s a guy to do when he has a poor little cough?
Guess Mota’s agent read our three step guide to denying PED-usage.
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