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Justin Verlander goes off on PED rules after Dee Gordon news announced

Justin Verlander sounded off on PED rules after news of Dee Gordon’s suspension was announced late on Thursday night.

News was released by MLB after the Miami Marlins beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 5-3 Thursday that Gordon was suspended 80 games for testing positive for testosterone and a steroid.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown says the news came out Thursday night because Gordon just dropped his appeal.

Knowing that a PED user had been playing while his appeal was pending did not sit well with the Detroit Tigers pitcher. He posted the following profane message on Twitter:

Justin Verlander tweet

Although it does not seem fair for a player who tested positive for performance-enhancing substances to be allowed to continue playing and affecting games, players do have the right to appeal their case. Forcing a player to miss games while an appeal is pending would constitute irreparable damage if it were later proved that the positive test was incorrect or that a suspension were not merited.

This impassioned tweet from Verlander seems to tell us a few things: He is offended by those cheating the game — especially when it comes to hitters he has to face — and he continues to be unafraid to speak his mind on Twitter.


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