According to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz the Boston Globe column that seems to be questioning whether his strong start to the season has been aided by performance-enhancing drugs or not is ethnically discriminatory.
The column suggests the 37 year-old is suspect of cheating because he’s hitting well at his age even when suffering an injury (Achilles tendon) consistent with steroid use and in addition Ortiz is a native of Dominican Republic, where a number of players have tested positive for PEDs.
Ortiz, who said he is a “big, firm believer” in MLB’s drug-testing program stated that he was tested for PEDs on Tuesday night. He added that he has been tested “probably” five times this season.
This is not the first time Ortiz has been linked to PEDs.
Back in 2009 the left-hander tested positive for PEDs during the 2003 season. The hitter later said a combination of then-legal supplements and vitamins likely caused a positive test.
Ortiz had his 27-game hitting streak snapped in Wednesday’s defeat versus the Minnesota Twins, going 0-for-5, but still entered Thursday with a .381 average with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 16 games. The difficult start came after he missed the team’s first 15 games with the Achilles injury, which also sidelined him for most of the second half of 2012.