BoSox slugger David Ortiz angered by PED ‘free pass’ talk

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz responded to rumors and insinuations that he might have gotten a “free pass” in MLB’s Biogenesis investigation because of his alleged performance-enhancing drug use in the past.

Earlier, MLB Network’s commentators insinuated that Ortiz might have gotten a “free pass” because he had been on a list of players who apparently tested positive in 2003 MLB survey testing.

In response to an MLB Network segment he says he saw Monday, Ortiz called the analysts out for their apparent comments.

“In this country, nobody gets a free pass,” Ortiz said, according to WEEI.com of Boston. “He wants to make it sound like I got a free pass because nobody can point fingers at me directly. But the reason why I got that fake [expletive] free pass that he’s saying is because they pointed fingers at me with no proof.”

“It’s easier to do it that way than having something that they can say, ‘Yes, you did this, you did that.’ My [expletive], I call straight-up bull. Let me tell you. You don’t get no free pass here, especially a guy like me. I don’t get no free pass. That free-pass B.S. that they want to talk about over there, they can shove it up their [expletive],” Ortiz added.

The issue about Ortiz surfaced after the commentators discussed the situation of Baltmore Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, who was voted into next week’s All-Star Game less than a year removed from a 50-game, Biogenesis-related suspension.

Cruz signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Orioles last offseason and this season, through Monday’s games, led the majors in home runs and RBIs.

Ortiz’s teammate, pitcher John Lackey, made his feelings about Cruz after the latter went 5-for-5 Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader, helping the Orioles beat Lackey.

“There are some things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys [the media] forget pretty conveniently about stuff,” Lackey said.

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