According to Jim Salisbury, Ruben Amaro Jr. gave this quote in a conference call regarding JC Romero’s 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s substance abuse policy:
“It’s an unfortunate situation where mistakes were made. We care about JC. We also staunchly support Major League Baseball’s policies and the continued efforts of its program.”
Don’t jump on Rube here – he has to play it this cold. Still, “mistakes were made” is a large blanket. Yes, Romero should’ve checked the hotline, but seriously, if you’re not suspicious that what you’re buying is illegal, and you’ve already went through two channels to assure yourself of that, shouldn’t that be enough?
As I wrote earlier, there is a huge mess to clean up.