Fernando Tatis Sr., former third baseman and MiLB manager has put forward a peculiar explanation for the latest positive PED test of his son, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres.
Perhaps a bad haircut has been the source of Padres star Fernando’s testing positive for a banned substance. His father claimed all this happened as the MLB superstar underwent a very wrong haircut.
It was a mistake that could have been handled differently: Fernando Tatis Jr.’s father
On Monday Fernando Tatis Sr. elucidated the circumstances to MLB insider Hector Gomez saying that recently the Padres star got a chop and after that, he evolved a fungus on his skin.
“What involves him (Tatis Jr.) is a steroid that contains a spray called trofobol… He got a fungus due to a haircut. His mistake was not reading what it contains, which is what apparently makes him guilty of something totally unknown” Tatis Sr. was quoted by Gomez on Twitter.
Fernando Tatis Sr.: "What involves him (Tatis Jr.) is a steroid that contains a spray called trofobol… He got a fungus due to a haircut. His mistake was not reading what it contains, which is what apparently makes him guilty of something totally unknown".
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) August 15, 2022
To solve the matter the 23-year-old has medicated himself said his father. Yet one of the ingredients in the treatment occurred to stimulate a positive test. Ultimately, those results led the MLB to slap Tatis Jr. with an 80-game suspension.
Tatís Sr. wants to make public the news that his son is certainly not a cheater and clearly did not look into close detailing at the ingredient list in medicine for a skin condition.
“All of this has happened because of something that is not worth this issue. This is something for the skin, that’s something that’s not performance enhancing and has no testosterone. It has nothing to help you improve in the game,” said Tatis Sr.
For endowing the ban Tatís Sr. criticized the baseball’s decision and said eventually it is going to hurt the game more than the MLB discerns.
“It was a mistake that could have been handled differently,” Tatís Sr. said. “Destroy the image of a player for such a small thing, for a situation like this is a catastrophe not just for Tatís Jr., but for all baseball. There’s millions of fans that will stop watching baseball,” added the 47-year-old.
Although for his part, Tatís Jr. took responsibility and he explained that “no excuse for my error.” He also blamed the test results on a skin condition (ringworm) and the medicine he took for it.
“I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took,” he added, “I failed to do so.” [H/T TMZ]
Tatís Jr.’s ban would perpetuate through the end of this season and into the Padres’ 2023 slate of games, due to the long duration of the suspension.