In an interview given to reporters after the Tigers 11-1 drubbing of the Washington Nationals, Jhonny Peralta said it was “wrong” for his name to linked to BioGenesis. When asked if he would appeal if suspended Peralta went on to say “I don’t have a comment yet. I try to see what’s better for everybody and see what can happen.”
Put yourself in Peralta’s shoes for a moment. If you were completely innoccent and truly feel your name has been wrongfully linked to BioGenesis, don’t you think you would appeal?
If the investigation is a “witch hunt” as some have described it, shouldn’t Peralta have the courage to stand up and say so and fight the suspension?
This interview is the first time Peralta has commented on BioGenesis since being linked. When the story first leaked the Peralta’s name was on a list of athletes that took Performance Enhancing Drugs from the Miami Clinic, Jhonny Perlata adamately denied taking them saying in a statement from his attorney, ”I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.”
Peralta’s current wait and see approach is a far cry from the adament denial he first gave when the story broke.
If Peralta assertion that “it wrong” to be linked to the story then he should fight it, appeal it and the Tigers should back him. However if he is guilty of taking performance enhancers then he should come clean and serve his suspension and the Tigers should thank him for his service and focus on winning the world series. At this point only Peralta and MLB know if he is guilty. Peralta owes it to his team and to the fans to disclose what he knows.