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Victor Conte had nothing to do with Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension

Jun 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Marlon Byrd AP AP

When Marlon Byrd was suspended yesterday a lot of people immediately looked, so to speak, at Victor Conte. Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind BALCO, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones and all the rest.

“I didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Conte when reached for comment.  Yeah. Sure. Just what a dirty ex-con drug dealer would say! Get ’em, boys!

Oh, wait:

“Victor had nothing to do with this,” Byrd told USA TODAY Sports in a text message. “He didn’t know about me taking tamoxifen or the positive test until two days ago” … The drug was supplied by a holistic lifestyle coach, Conte said, that Byrd declined to identify.

Byrd has taken a lot of crap over the years for working with Conte. But dude, he should be under WAY more scrutiny for listening to something called a “holistic life coach.”

  1. danandcasey - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    As Tor Eckman would say, being a holistic life coach “is a gift, a calling.” As long as you stay away from the “cramp bark,” “cleavers,” and “couch grass” you should be fine!

    • boiler90 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      I think that’s what killed Curly.

  2. ThisIsBaseball - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    It was at least refreshing to see someone accept responsibility for their actions.

  3. Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    If Byrd’s holistic life coach turns out to be Ricky Williams his suspension should be overturned just for the sheer awesomeness of the situation.

  4. sabatimus - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I don’t believe a word of this.

    • nategearhart - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM


  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    A drug supplying “holistic life coach” sounds like another word for drug dealer to me.

  6. Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Is anybody else unable to use the scroll function to switch between posts? Can’t tell if it’s just me or not, but it’s incredibly frustrating.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Having the same problem here, not sure if it’s just a Chrome issue.

  7. bloodysock - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    He needed a personal hitting coach more than a holistic life coach.

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind …Mark McGwire,

    I must have missed this. Did McGwire admit he was working with Conte? Or was the androstenodione from Conte?

  9. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    He just needed an edge, baby. And Jeter got his with this cool vista sunroof.

  10. bozosforall - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Yet ANOTHER Boston cheater exposed. I’m surprised he didn’t pull an ” Ortiz” and deny using despite having tested positive.

  11. theskinsman - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Yet another witless post by a yankme fan. Shocking. By all means, get your panties in a wad over Byrd while ignoring the 38th birthday of boy,Jeter. Carry on.

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