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Manny's alibi

Here's the paragraph in the statement released by Manny Ramirez on Thursday that explains how he tested positive for a substance on the list of performance-enhancing substances restricted by Major League Baseball:

"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons."

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The substance that Ramirez reportedly ingested is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and is prescribed for men who are not naturally producing testosterone. The drug also is used by athletes at the end of a steroid cycle to jump start their testosterone production.

Though it is within the realm of possibility that Ramirez had a legitimate prescription for the drug, it is considered highly unlikely that a healthy individual his age would need HCG to enhance testosterone production. Yahoo Sports quoted a source claiming Ramirez took the drug to deal with erectile dysfunction, which could be true and could also be a clever cover story to salvage his reputation.

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Why so clever? Because the fact that it would be a highly embarrassing admission gives it added credibility.

Do you believe him?

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