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Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:28 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 12:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

Major-league headache Jose Canseco is back in the news. This time, the 47-year-old former slugger is trying to make a comeback in the Mexican League and has reportedly been busted for a banned substance. So he's out of the league now. Yes, I'm shocked, too.

ESPN Deportes reported late Wednesday night that Canseco admitted to Mexican League president Plinio Escalante about using a banned substance that was testosterone. The Mexican League is a Triple-A affiliation to Major League Baseball, but none of the teams are connected to actual MLB clubs.

Of course, Canseco took to the Twitterverse to plead his innocence -- or, really, it was more his "non-guilt."

"How can I test positive when I never took any test don't believe everything the media tells you.the truth always comes out I am not using any illegal substance," he said.

Of course, the ESPN report noted that Canseco refused a drug test, so it didn't claim he tested positive. It just said he admitted it to the president of the league. As far as I know, the president of the league isn't in the media. But that didn't mean the world's least accountable person was done.

Here are some more tweets. I'll spare the "SIC" in the quotes, just know that these are exactly as good ol' Jose typed them into Twitter:

"Don't be so quick to judge till you here the truth that's a sure sign of ignorance hatred and jealousy."

"The truth will always be in the center of controversy"

"I don't get it the more I tell the truth the more I am hated wow we are headed for self destruction"

Then Jose got into his defense. Which seems to be that five years ago some Doctors decided he needed to be on testosterone. More awesome tweets (please note the sarcasm):

"Doctors have been monitoring me ever since to make sure my levels are normal.that's why I don't use any illegal substances its prescribed"

"All I am on is prescription medication for low testosterone .legal and very important to my health"

And then the inevitable conspiracy theory:

"Someone big wants me out of Mexico .question is who and y"

Yes, Jose, someone "big" let you into the Mexican League because it's so vastly popular worldwide and then decided to get you to admit that you're using testosterone to the league president (and if said president didn't want him in the league, why did he allow him in to begin with?).

I couldn't care less for Canseco's "defense." Playing baseball isn't a right. It's a privilege -- one he's taken for granted his entire life. Hey, at least this news provided a break in his Twitter feed from begging Billy Beane for a job or telling his girlfriend Leila how much he loves her. So there's that.

Addendum: I've noticed some people in the comments saying Jose's story makes sense -- that he has to take testosterone. That may well be, but under the rules of MLB and its affiliates, you can't take testosterone and play. Period. So he's basically admitting he did violate the rules in his "defense."

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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:07 pm

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Name one person who is jealous of Jose Canseco and his failed attempt at playing Kenny Powers in real life?

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:58 am
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Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:56 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

"Refusing" a drug test obviously equals "failing" a drug test.  C'mon Jose, do you really think the rest of us are that naive.  I'm ashamed to admit I was a huge fan of his in the late 80's/early 90's.


Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:34 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Hasn't his 15 minutes of fame expired already ? Go away Jose.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:25 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Jose needs to join the cast of Eastbound and Down, he's comedic GOLD!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:25 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Hopefully the 6 people who care what he says on twitter believes him. I think he is telling the truth. After all those years of The Juice. He has low testosterone and he has to get it for medical reasons. This is pretty believable. 

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:22 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

I thought he was playing in the Mexican League so he could dope LOL. I love Jose Canseco and am a fan for life for his years in Oakland and his incredible book he wrote. Yes, his book is awesome and completely truthful. Facts are facts and looking at the numbers of players he assisted the numbers don't lie. Sure it was shady he outted players publicly but I really could care less. I wish steroids were legal because they make players better and the game more exciting. It's their bodies and their future and if they don't want to jeopardize themselves then get a regular job and don't play sports.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:12 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Maybe Kenny can get him on with Myrtle Beach Mermen

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:00 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Absolutely funny stuff.  Maybe, if he wants to keep playing, he should change his name to Leo Nunez.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:30 am

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

Lmao that is good stuff!!!!!!

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