Victorino on PED scandal: "It's a cloud for the game"
The Guru Contributing Writer
Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun Monday. Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal.
After last nights Red Sox 3-0 loss to the Rays, Shane Victorino talked about the season-long suspension levied against Braun and what it all means for baseball.
"It’s a very unfortunate situation for the game of baseball. But again, for the most part, we as baseball players got to just keep going and understand things like this happen. It’s individuals that have to take care of the situation and understand the consequences that come with that when they do things like that."
Victorino played with Braun on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year.
"Speaking from a guy who I know personally and been on two WBC teams, it’s very unfortunate. The first time it happened I put my support behind him. Now, looking back on it, it's kind of like, well ... But hey, he stood up for it today. He took the brunt of it, and I’m sure there’s more to come. But again, it’s a sad situation."
The Red Sox right fielder attempted to put the scandal in perspective.
“It’s in anything, in any field, not just athletes. If somebody was cheating in your job, you’d probably feel the same way. If they were succeeding and going and being considered the best at their job, not necessarily just baseball, it’s in any job. As people say, yeah, you want everybody to be on a level playing level."
Victorino summed it up, saying,
"I look at the game of baseball, and is there more? Who knows? People talk about there’s more to come. The game of baseball will still go on."
Despite the dark cloud hanging over it, the game of baseball will continue tonight as Victorino and the Red Sox look to keep the Tampa Bay Rays behind them in the standings.
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