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Mota's agent blames cough medicine, vows appeal

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08:16 AM ET 05.08 | Nearly since winning the World Series, the Giants can't seem to catch a break, and on Monday learned of the 100-game suspension for reliever Guillermo Mota. Mota tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, an asthma drug. ... Mota served a 50-game suspension while with the Mets in 2007. Then, he confessed. This time, the 38-year-old blames children's cough syrup. "Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies," Mota's agent, Adam Katz, said in a statement. "A 100-game suspension for taking a children's cough medicine that contains trace amounts of a prohibited substance, which is what happened here, is severe and unfair and does not reflect the intention of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We will appeal it."

San Francisco Chronicle

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May 8, 2012  08:34 AM ET

So, he took children's cough medicine? Seriously? C'mon guys, you can come up with better excuses than a 240lb athlete using children's cough medicine, like it would have any effect.

Mota tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, an asthma drug that can act as a stimulant and build muscle mass and cost cyclist Alberto Contador his 2010 Tour de France title when it was found in his system.

Also, guys like Katz should learn the difference between asthma medication and children's cough syrup. Clenbuterol is in asthma medicine. If you are going to lie, at least have a plausible story.

May 8, 2012  08:36 AM ET

sure ... *cough, cough* ... it's the ... *cough, cough* ... cough syrup ... *cough, cough*

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May 8, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Maybe it was Krusty brand couch syrup. It's not just good, it's good enough.

May 8, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

clenbuterol

Actually - this is plausible. Some cough syrups contain medications for expectoration etc. A bronchial dilator will help with getting the crap out of the lungs. Of course - he still should have know what he was taking....

May 8, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Actually - this is plausible. Some cough syrups contain medications for expectoration etc. A bronchial dilator will help with getting the crap out of the lungs. Of course - he still should have know what he was taking....

Children's cough syrup? It sounds really, really, bad.

May 8, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Clenbuterol is approved for use in some countries, via prescription only, as a bronchodilator for asthma patients.

The kicker:

In 2006, San Francisco Giants pitcher Guillermo Mota, while a member of the New York Mets, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Clenbuterol

May 8, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Clenbuterol is approved for use in some countries, via prescription only, as a bronchodilator for asthma patients.The kicker:In 2006, San Francisco Giants pitcher Guillermo Mota, while a member of the New York Mets, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Clenbuterol

Fair enough... didn't know the FDA hadn't approved it for use. Looks like they just stuck their foot in their mouths - probably got the crap from Canada or somewhere else - it is allowed for use in other countries.... BUT HE IS STILL RESPONSIBLE.....

May 8, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Fair enough... didn't know the FDA hadn't approved it for use. Looks like they just stuck their foot in their mouths - probably got the crap from Canada or somewhere else - it is allowed for use in other countries.... BUT HE IS STILL RESPONSIBLE.....

I'm guessing the DR, he's already been suspended for this once before. That makes him double stupid.

May 8, 2012  09:42 AM ET

If you can't believe a players agent, then who can you believe?

May 8, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Agents just pissed he's not going to get the usual percentage because of the fine. ;-)

May 8, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm guessing the DR, he's already been suspended for this once before. That makes him double stupid.

Stupid is as stupid does......

May 8, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Clenbuterol is approved for use in some countries, via prescription only, as a bronchodilator for asthma patients.The kicker:In 2006, San Francisco Giants pitcher Guillermo Mota, while a member of the New York Mets, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Clenbuterol

Agents just pissed he's not going to get the usual percentage because of the fine. ;-)

May 8, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Here's an idea: To keep this from happening, why not let your team trainer know of every med you are taking so he can log the info and report to MLB on a regular basis?

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May 8, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Clenbuterol with overuse can led to steroidal side effects in the equine species

May 8, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Here's an idea: To keep this from happening, why not let your team trainer know of every med you are taking so he can log the info and report to MLB on a regular basis?

Because that wouldn't work when you're cheating.....plain and simple.

Maybe next his agent can claim it was tainted meat, like he was smoking some dudes pole and it was 'tainted'.

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May 8, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Clenbuterol with overuse can led to steroidal side effects in the equine species

That might explain the exagerated leg kick in his delivery.

 
May 8, 2012  11:30 AM ET

Only MVPs get their suspensions overturned, see you in 100 games Mota.

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