Apparently another professional athlete doesn't understand ingredients in weight loss preps violate the steroid policies of professional leagues. Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino faces a 50 game suspension for what he ways was a weight loss supplement. From the Palm Beach Post:
MIAMI GARDENS — The Marlins will play the rest of this season without catcher Ronny Paulino, who Friday began serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under Major League Baseball's drug policy.
"I am horrifically embarrassed," Marlins President David Samson said of the organization's first failed drug test by a player on the 25-man roster.
Samson said owner Jeffrey Loria immediately ordered a review of the club's drug-education policies to try to prevent a recurrence. Samson said that review will encompass "everything we do, from the Dominican League up to the major leagues."
Baseball operations president Larry Beinfest added, "One is more than we would ever want."
Paulino, who appeared in 91 of the Marlins' 120 games through Thursday, will miss another 41 games this season and the first eight games of 2011. He will forfeit approximately $272,000 during his suspension.
Paulino, who is 6-feet-3 and 250 pounds, blamed weight-loss medication for failing the test.
"To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill," Paulino, 29, said in a statement released by the team. "I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball's drug policy.
"I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins organization and baseball fans."
Generally the illegal substances in weight loss compounds are related to ephedrine. Those drugs not only are related to meth, but to other 'psychostimulants' which reduce appetite.
It is baffling why a pro athlete would not consult with a trainer, or dietitian, or physician on weight control.