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Nelson Cruz Statement--August 5

Nelson Cruz Statement--August 5

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Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz's statement on his 50 game suspension from major league baseball because of performance enhancing drugs.
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz's statement on his 50 game suspension from major league baseball because of performance enhancing drugs.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 5, 2013 STATEMENT FROM NELSON CRUZ I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major

League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.

Contact: Jay K. Reisinger Farrell & Reisinger, LLC 412-894-1380 jreisinger@farrellreisinger.com

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