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Guillermo Mota appeals 100-game suspension, blames positive test on children’s cough medicine

May 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Yesterday afternoon MLB suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol, but the Giants reliever is appealing the suspension while blaming the positive result on children’s cough medicine.

Mota’s agent, Adam Katz, issued the following statement:

Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands that. 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.

Not mentioned in the above statement is that Mota is a second-time offender who was suspended for 50 games after a positive PED test in 2006. And as Andrew Baggarly of notes, “multiple offenders cannot delay their sentence while appealing it.”

In other words, he can go through the appeal process and have his case heard, but in the meantime he’ll be serving the suspension. And presumably not taking any more cough medicine intended for children.

  1. Alex K - May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Why did MLB announce the suspension if the appeals process had not finished? That’s B.S.

    • georgia - May 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      As stated above, his appeal does not push back the suspension until the appeal’s completion. That’s probably why. They couldn’t just suspend him and then lie about it or pretend that he’s on the mound (when he’s not).

      • Alex K - May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        Yeah, I probably should have put 2 & 2 together on that.

  2. itsacurse - May 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    One too many Flaming Moes.

    • number42is1 - May 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Nailed it…

    • heyblueyoustink - May 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      You mean Flaming Homer……you thief!

      • number42is1 - May 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        He may have come up with the recipe, but I came up with the idea of charging $6.95 for it

    • ajcardsfan - May 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      It’s a flaming homer!!! This also answered my question on why he had children’s cough syrup in his system

      • Kevin Gillman - May 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        I’m going out on a limb here and suggest he wanted to show his child that the medicine is “okay” to take?

        Yeah, not a good example, but plausible.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      First thought, you beat me to it.

      “You just fell on Aerosmith!”

      • itsacurse - May 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM


  3. ThisIsBaseball - May 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t understand how he would be successful? I thought (as the baseball community went through this with Braun) that the JDA is written with a strict liability standard. Even if he took the children’s cough medicine, it doesn’t matter how it entered his system?

    On a side note… why is a 6’6″ 240lb guy taking children’s cough medicine?

    • jkcalhoun - May 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      I guess it wasn’t much of a cough.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      You’ve never done Nyquil on the rocks, for when you’re feeling sick, yet sociable?

      • georgia - May 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Blue, please tell me you just quoted Mitch Hedberg.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        Yes indeedy….there’s never a bad time for Mitch quotes

    • cur68 - May 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Suspect in every way, this children’s cough medicine excuse. If I recall correctly, there are masking agents in cough medicine, never mind trace amounts of Clen. This is one of the big reasons the stuff is off limits to Olympic athletes as well as.

  4. menacingcheese - May 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    So how is he going to explain the fact that clenbuterol is not approved for use in humans in the US? Where exactly did he get this children’s cough syrup?

    • jwbiii - May 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Yeah, the only way that works is if
      a) The medicine was purchased outside of the U.S. or
      b) His child is a horse.

      • jwbiii - May 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        Not that either of these is a valid reason for an appeal, IMHO.

  5. drewsylvania - May 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Your medicine is another person’s PED. Your PED is another person’s medicine.

  6. henryd3rd - May 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Magic Eight Ball says, “Signs point to no”

  7. paulydefense - May 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Purple Drank.

  8. lanflfan - May 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Yes, we’ve never heard the “I took it but didn’t know what was in it” temporary insanity defense before. I’m pretty sure Barryoid perfected that one, and Mr. Mota you are no Barryoid (partial credit for being on his former team).

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