USA TODAY.-New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia received a lifetime suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance for the third time.MLB announced the suspension Friday, saying that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone, an old-school anabolic steroid.In November 2005, the MLB players union and league agreed that a third positive test for PEDs would result in a lifetime ban.Mejia, 26, became the first player to test positive a third time. He was suspended 80 games last April and 162 games on July 28 after a second positive test.
A day after Sterling's fresh jabs at Johnson, the NBA legend told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that "I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him."
Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine last month after audio recordings of him making racist comments were made public. Johnson, who Sterling mentioned in the recordings, declared in the aftermath that Sterling should no longer own a team.
Sterling apologized for his comments in a CNN interview that aired on Monday. But he dug himself a deeper hole by asking of Johnson, "Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don't think so. But I'll say it, he's great. But I just don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles. That he would go and do what he did, and then get AIDS."
President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.
"From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are," Obama said. He also congratulated the NFL and the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted Sam.
Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected.
The 24-year-old got the news by telephone from Rams' coach Jeff Fisher, who told Sam: "You are a Ram. The wait is finally over."
Sam, who was filmed by ESPN as he got the call, broke down in tears and kissed his boyfriend. "Thank you," he could be heard saying to Fisher.
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Later, Sam took to Twitter to post a picture of himself, smiling. "Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis," he said in the post. "I'm using every (ounce) of this to achieve greatness!!"
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