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Marlon Byrd is pretty open about his PED suspension

Jan 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

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Marlon Byrd was suspended for PED use in 2012 and, after a surprisingly productive 2013 season, people still whisper about him.  But he’s pretty open about how he tested positive and why and doesn’t shy away from it. From CSNPhilly.com:

“Guys that don’t like talking about it are the guys that were trying to beat the system. I wasn’t,” he said. “I was just stupid, I took something, didn’t do my due diligence, simple as that. So it’s easy for me to talk about. First time I talked about it was easy.”

If you read the explanation of his positive test and believe it — and there is no obvious reason not to believe him — it definitely makes you wonder if all of the talk for 100-game bans or even lifetime suspensions for first time positive tests is anything close to a good idea. Sounds like quite a bad idea, actually. Because for every evil cheating no good A-Rod everyone is so hot to punish, there’s going to be one or two Marlon Byrds or J.C. Romeros who just made a mistake and almost certainly didn’t benefit from much in the way of enhanced performance as a result.

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