Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and outfielder Chris Colabello is still figuring out how an anabolic steroid was found in his urine. In the latest MLB News, Colabello is insisting that he did not knowingly take a banned substance.
The MLB suspended the 32-year-old Italian-American player for 80 games without pay starting on April 22 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug on March 13. The PED he was caught using is called 4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone or commonly known as oral Turinabol.
According to SportsNet, no pharmaceutical company produces Turinabol since the 1990s and it can only be acquired on the black market. Colabello said that he has passed 20 drug tests in the last four years and he only took supplements given by the Blue Jays’ strength and conditioning staff.
His Blue Jays teammates know him as the most precautious among the team that is why his positive test came as a shock. Before his suspension was announced, he told his teammates in the locker room to be careful because what happened to him can happen to anybody.
“I would never, have never and will never compromise the integrity of baseball. Ever. In my life. And whether that means taking a performance enhancing supplement, I just wouldn’t do it. I don’t do it. I haven’t done it. I won’t do it,” Colabello said.
The 32-year-old was one of the feel-good stories last season when he batted .321 in 101 games with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. Colabello spent the majority of his professional career in the minor leagues before having the opportunity to play for Toronto.
His teammates have given him the support even though Colabello lost his appeal and is already serving his suspension.
“I know Chris the human being. I know Chris the baseball player. I know his family. I know where he’s been. I know what he’s gone through. I know what kind of person he is. And he’s not a person that deserves any of the labels as a cheater or as a guy trying to manipulate the system,” Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said.
Colabello is doing all he can to get the answers to the questions lingering about him. “I won’t rest until the day I figure out how this happened,” he said.
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