Romero files suit over suspension

By Alden Gonzalez
Updated: April 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA— Suspended Phillies reliever J.C. Romero filed suit Monday against a nutritional supplement manufacturer alleging an unlisted ingredient in one of its products caused him to test positive under Major League Baseball’s Drug Policy, according to The Associated Press.

Romero, who is suspended for the first 50 games of the 2009 season and will probably lose about $1.4 million in salary, is seeking punitive and compensatory damages in Camden County, N.J.

The 32-year-old left-hander said he tested positive for steroids on Aug. 26 because a supplement he was taking, 6-OXO Extreme, did not specify it included the banned substance androstenedione.

Romero is taking action against the companies that manufactured 6-OXO, Ergopharm Inc. and Proviant Technologies, and the companies that own and operate the Vitamin Shoppe and GNC, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.

“Testing positive and being suspended from baseball was one of the most painful experiences in my life and robbed me of the joy of winning the World Series and damaged my reputation in the process,” Romero said in a statement, provided by The Daily News.

“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.”