Padres CF Suspended for Speed

Cameron will have to sit out first 25 games of next season
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2007 4:17 PM CDT
Padres CF Suspended for Speed
San Diego Padres centerfielder Mike Cameron makes a running catch to rob Colorado Rockies' Garrett Atkins in the third inning of their baseball game in San Diego, Sunday Sept. 23, 2007. The play came with two runners on base. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Mike Cameron, Gold Glove-winning center fielder for the Padres, was suspended today for 25 games starting next season, the AP reports. Cameron tested positive twice for a stimulant banned by MLB, although he denies actual abuse, chalking the test results up to a tainted nutritional supplement. Cameron plans to file for free agency from the Padres.

"The one thing I wanted to make sure was explained is, no steroids," Cameron told a San Diego radio station. Padres CEO Sandy Alderson credited Cameron with a good two years with the team but was careful to note: "The Padres staunchly support that policy and hope that Mike's suspension serves as a reminder that performance-enhancing drugs have no place in professional sports."   (Read more Mike Cameron stories.)

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