Fernando Tatis Jr. Apologizes After 80-Game Suspension
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San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. has publicly apologized after being given an 80-game PED suspension.
"I'm really sorry for my mistakes," Tatis said in a press conference on Tuesday.
"I've seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares.
No one else is to blame except me. I haven't made the right decisions these past two weeks, months, even at the beginning of the year.
I have made a mistake and I regret every step I have taken."
Tatis was issued an 80-game ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid clostebol.
The All-Star shortstop initially said that he had accidentally taken herpes medicine that contained a banned substance.
But later said that he was battling a skin infection for some time,
Took a drug and tested positive shortly after.
"There's no excuse," Tatis continued.
"I need to work out a better way to figure out what's going on inside my body."
"No one else but I am to blame for this. I have made a mistake. I am really sorry.
I have let many people down. I have lost so much love for people. I have failed.
I'll remember how it feels, and I'm never going to put myself in this situation again.
I know I have a lot of love that I have to heal. I have a lot of work to do, it will be a very long process.
I'm learning, I'm maturing."
Tatis is on the second season of a 14-year, $340 million contract.
He will miss the remaining Padres 48 games in 2022 as well as the first 32 games of 2023.