Jacoby Ellsbury Suspended 100 Games For Refusing To Use Performance-Enhancing Drugs
March 7th - The New York Yankees have announced that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been suspended 100 games for refusing to use performance-enhancing drugs. The 34-year-old outfielder signed a 7 year, 153 million dollar contract with the Yankees following the 2013 season, and his production to this point in his contract has been extremely disappointing for both Yankees fans and ownership.
Team President Randy Levine released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“It pains me to announce that the New York Yankees have made the decision to suspend Jacoby Ellsbury for 100 games following his refusal to use performance-enhancing drugs. This organization takes great pride in showcasing exceptional class, leadership, talent, and a team-first attitude, and Jacoby has shown us that he is not willing to make an effort to comply with any of these standards - especially the talent. We hold every player on this team to the same basic set of standards, and failure to meet these standards will result in consequences. At the request of our managerial staff, front office, and entire fan base, we have asked Jacoby repeatedly to begin using performance-enhancing drugs, and his refusal to do so demonstrates a selfish attitude that does not reflect well on himself or the team. We originally filed for a 3-year suspension, but Commissioner Manfred has informed us that we are not allowed to do so because that would be “excessive.” Jacoby will begin serving his 100 game suspension on Opening Day, and for his own sake, we hope he uses his time away from the game to reconsider our original request.”
- Randy Levine, President, New York Yankees