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Baseball Superstar Ramirez In Drug Scandal

7 May 2009 6:40 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved U.S. baseball superstar Manny Ramirez has stunned the sports world after landing a 50-game suspension for allegedly taking a banned substance.

The Los Angeles Dodgers star reportedly failed a drug test for a fertility medicine, which Ramirez has taken responsibility for using, but insists a doctor prescribed.

In a statement from the sports star, he reveals he was on the prescription medication for "a personal health issue," adding, "He (the doctor) gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was Ok to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy... I have been advised not to say anything more for now."

Ramirez becomes the biggest star suspended under baseball's testing programme, which began in 2003.

It comes just months after New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez confirmed a report he had used banned steroids from 2001 to 2003. »

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