Today’s edition of My 2 Sense comes from frequent guest contributor, Sal Marinello, CSCS, CPT, USA Weightlifting Certified Coach, and President of Athletic Development Coaching in Millburn, NJ.
New York Mets relief pitcher, Jenrry Mejia, failed his third drug test in a year a few weeks ago, which earned him a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.
Jenrry Mejia is dumb. And he’s a cheater. Plain and simple.
There’s no need to ascribe any complex motivations for Mejia’s behavior, delve into the psyche of the Domincan ball player or blame the easy availability of steroids in certain countries. He’s dumb and he’s a cheater.
Let’s take the obvious descriptive first, that he’s a cheater.
Major League Baseball has clearly banned all steroids and other Performance Enhancing Drugs, and prohibits their use for all players. This has been so for many years. Mejia came through the ranks of baseball at a time when this edict was in place, when there has been a heightened sense of awareness that PEDs are prohibited.
Second, he’s failed multiple tests and decided to continue to use steroids despite being caught and having received punishments. So he knows usung PEDs/steroids is wrong and has been caught and punished before. Yet still used. Cheater.
It bears repeating that Jenrry Mejia is dumb. If you want to argue this, read the above. Caught and punished three times in a year for using a banned substance, the same banned substance.
There’s more evidence of Mejia’s dumbness, in that he was busted for using boldenone. Boldenone is also known as Equipose. The ‘equi’ as in ‘equine’ as in ‘horses.’
Jenrry used a drug that was designed for use for horses and is not permitted for use for humans. Anyplace in the universe. Now he isn’t the first person to use this horsey drug; many other dummies have used Equipose/Boldenone. It used to be very popular with body builders and other body obsessed folks, and probably still is.
Boldenone is the horse and buggy of PEDs. The good drug cheats are using the flying car versions of PEDs.
Now these drugs do work! They build muscle, they increase endurance, they aid in recovery and ultimately improve athletic performance. If used properly, the side effects are no more severe or risky than any legitimately prescribed drug.
But Jenrry is particularly dumb for using Boldenone because it’s extremely easy to test for it, and Major League Baseball has shown a specific competence for doing so. He’s also dumb because there are so many other effective substances available to cheaters, most of which if used properly, are infinitely more difficult to detect.
If Mejia had done even a cursory check of the Internet he could have discovered a veritable treasure trove of doping related information that might have made him an even more effective pitcher and drug cheat.
And the bottom line is that there are bigger drug cheats in MLB using the next generation of PEDs.
The adage goes that the drug cheats are ahead of the drug testers. Not if your name is Jenrry Mejia.