Romero Files A Lawsuit
J.C. Romero said Friday he had put things into perspective regarding his 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s policy against performance enhancing drugs. He had been angry about it during Spring Training, but said he changed his mood following Nick Adenhart‘s death.
But that does not mean Romero does not feel wronged.
Romero has filed suit against the manufacturer whose supplement caused him to test positive for androstenedione last summer. Romero purchased 6-OXO Extreme at a Vitamin Shoppe in Cherry Hill and at a GNC at home in Alabama, but it contained an unlisted ingredient that caused him the positive test.
He filed suit today in Camden County, N.J. seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
“Testing positive and being suspended from baseball was one of the most painful experiences in my life, and robbed me the joy of winning the World Series and damaged my reputation in the process,” Romero said in a statement. “I purchased an over-the-counter supplement that I was told and believed would not cause me to test positive. These events have hurt me deeply and placed a cloud over my career, accomplishments and family. It is my hope that I can finally start to put this event behind me and protect the interests of others who rely on manufacturers and retailers to be honest about their products. I look forward to rejoining the Phillies and my teammates at the end of my suspension.”
Romero also named corporate owners of the two nutritional stores where he purchased 6-OXO Extreme as defendants, alleging sales clerks assured him it would not cause a positive test for a banned substance.