LOS ANGELES: Free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was among the athletes mentioned in an Al-Jazeera America documentary on doping, was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball.
In MLB’s announcement, officials did not indicate that Teagarden failed a drugs test, but said he was suspended for violating the league’s drug prevention and treatment program.
Teagarden’s suspension will go into effect when he signs with a Major League team. He last played for the Chicago Cubs in 2015.
In the documentary that aired in December, Teagarden was taped discussing his use of performance-enhancing drugs the previous season.
The report also named players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, but created its biggest sensation in linking iconic Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to human growth hormone in citing a clinic worker who said that HGH was shipped to Manning’s wife.
The 39-year-old Manning, who led the Broncos to the Super Bowl title in February and announced his retirement from the National Football League in March, vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
The clinic worker who named Manning, Zimmerman and Howard later recanted his allegations, saying he had been recorded without his consent.
Zimmerman and Howard filed defamation lawsuits against Al-Jazeera.