MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's Full Statement on Suspensions

August 5, 2013 7:33 PM

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's Full Statement on Suspensions

" Below is Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's statement on the suspension of Alex Rodriguez and 12 other players as a result of MLB's Biogenesis investigation.

Major League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts - not only with regard to random testing, groundbreaking blood testing for human Growth Hormone and one of the most significant longitudinal profiling programs in the world, but also our investigative capabilities, which proved vital to the Biogenesis case. Upon learning that players were linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, we vigorously pursued evidence that linked those individuals to violations of our Program. We conducted a thorough, aggressive investigation guided by facts so that we could justly enforce our rules.

Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do "

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