Although he admits to failing the first PED test, former New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia is claiming a conspiracy was built against him.
Even baseball fans now know who Jenrry Mejia is. After all, it’s tough to skate through life without an infamous tag after becoming the first player to be hit with a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, under its performance enhancing drug policy.
That’s who Mejia is, the former New York Mets reliever now disgraced former MLB pitcher.
Mejia finally broke his silence, via Ben Berkon of the New York Times:
Mejia said that baseball officials told him that if he appealed the punishment for the second doping offense, “they will find a way to find a third positive,” Mejia said through an interpreter. “I felt there was a conspiracy against me. I feel that they were trying to find something to bring me down in my career.”
Adam Rubin of ESPN.com noted Mejia can ask Commissioner Rob Manfred for a chance to return. If he does get reinstated,he must sit out two years before he’s allowed to pitch again. If the request is denied, he can appeal to an arbitrator to make a ruling.
The bottom line is quite simple: We won’t be seeing Jenrry Mejia in MLB for a long, long time, if ever again.