Selig tells Letterman he knows some answers on PED suspensions
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. | Photo/Video: YouTubePhoto: Video by YouTube | Photo: YouTube
CREATED Jul. 16, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is one of many Major League Baseball players who could face suspensions for alleged performance-enhancing drug use.
The man ultimately responsible for the final decision on suspensions, Milwaukee-based MLB commissioner Bud Selig, revealed a few answers but kept quiet on others during his appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" one day before th MLB All-Star Game in New York.
When asked if Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez would be suspended for PED use, Selig responded, "I'd rather not say who."
Letterman continued to ask if he knew whether Rodriguez would face suspension, Selig said "I do. I do. The answer is I do."
The host asked Selig whether he knew how many players would eventually be suspended. Selig, the former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, responded, "We don't know yet."
"Only time will tell. We're in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation, because I really believe it's the right thing to do. That's all I can tell you."
Speculation has abounded about possible suspensions for Braun, Rodriguez and others, between 50 games and a lifetime ban. Braun has been in MLB's crosshairs since 2011 when he was originally ruled to have used PED's, but was able to escape suspension due to issues regarding the handling of the drug test.
Selig and Letterman took about eight minutes of their nearly 11-minute conversation to discuss PED's and other drug use in baseball.
"Performance-enhancing drugs...affect the performance on the field. That is not what this sport is about, or any sport should be about," said Selig.
"We have initiated the toughest testing program in sports. We aggressively try to make sure athletes compete to their own ability...I'm very proud of where we are, very proud of what we're doing...the right thing to do."
Selig also went into conversations he said he's had with other players who have stayed clean from steroids and other performance-enhancers.
"I've had a lot of players come to me and say, 'Why do they call it the steroid era? We never did this.' They would name a lot of their teammates who were as clean as could be.' "