Fernando Tatis Jr. is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
On Friday afternoon, a bombshell report revealed that the Padres slugger was found with PEDs in his system, and will immediately be suspended for 80 games.
Fernando Tatis Jr. will be suspended for 80 games, MLB announced. The suspension will cover the remainder of this season and will render him ineligible for the postseason. It will continue into the beginning of next year. On the verge of returning, he's done for the year.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 12, 2022
In a lengthy statement, Fernando Tatis Jr. explained that he was mistakenly using the illegal drugs to treat a variety of different skin conditions, including ringworm.
“It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol,” the statement said, in part. “I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so. I want to apologize to Peter, AJ, the entire Padres organization, my teammates, Major League Baseball, and fans everywhere for my mistake. I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect the game I love.”
Statement from Fernando Tatis Jr., who said he took a medication containing Clostebol to treat ringworm. … pic.twitter.com/dPEFiQnqUk
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 12, 2022
Fernando Tatis Jr. was immediately trolled over his ringworm admission.
Billy, this is Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s a shortstop. He is one of the most underrated players in baseball. His only defect is that he took steroids to treat ringworm. pic.twitter.com/JcAs5kMxaw
— Moneyball Memes 💰⚾️ (@MoneyballMemes) August 13, 2022
I think I need to get ringworm so then I can do steroids so then I can get jacked https://t.co/vak7tf2DHM
— Big Cat (Big Physical Presence) (@BarstoolBigCat) August 12, 2022
Shut up and listen, kid. Here's what we're gonna do. Get your agent to type up a statement saying you had a serious case of ringworm. Then lay low and pray nobody knows how to Google similarly named drugs. Got it, kid? pic.twitter.com/TgNIEhgUM6
— Foolish Baseball (@FoolishBB) August 13, 2022
“CLOSTEBOL is used to treat skin conditions, fernando tatis jr was using it to treat ringworm not because he wanted an advantage, he loves the game and plays it the right way, hes innocent” pic.twitter.com/VLWESlWqFe
— #1 padres fan (@suuuuhdudeeee) August 13, 2022
Translation: We know it wasn't to treat ringworm. https://t.co/cXu2kCPPQO
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 13, 2022
Lmao Jon is having none of this bogus ringworm excuse 🤣 pic.twitter.com/hnXETxSG7I
— Jonny's Lasagna ⚾️ (@JLasagna43) August 13, 2022
Is having ringworm the funniest excuse an athlete has given for getting caught using PEDs?
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) August 13, 2022
This isn’t the first time that Fernando Tatis Jr. will have to miss games for poor offseason decisions.
In the offseason, Tatis got into a motorcycle accident, and has had to miss the entirety of this season because of injuries stemming from that incident.
When that occurred, Fernando also decided to wait to tell the Padres, which pushed back his surgery, recovery time, and forced him to miss even more games than he could have.
It’s obvious that Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most talented players we’ve seen in a long time, but if he doesn’t make better decisions, he could seriously hinder his entire career.
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