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Chris Colabello still searching for answers

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Oct 2, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chris Colabello was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for Turinabol

Chris Colabello says that he still does not know how a banned substance made it’s way into his body, resulting in an 80-game suspension.

He’s joined by Philadelphia Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, both of whom have tested positive for the same drug recently, both of whom claim to be searching for the same answers as Colabello.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that earlier in the week, the three athletes and Brian Charles, Colabello’s agent, held a conference call with “doctors, scientists and molecular biologists who are experts on steroid testing.”

"“I am the only one who knows what I did and didn’t do. And no matter how many different ways I tell people that I didn’t do this, ultimately what I am realizing is that no matter what I tell anyone at this point, they aren’t going to believe me until I have proof.“So, I have to go and find that proof, not just for me, but for every member of our league. This is way bigger than Chris Colabello, because if this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.“I’m working toward finding answers and won’t stop until I do.”– Chris Colabello"

Colabello has already gone through his official appeal process, conducted prior to the announcement of his suspension. This is done without media or public awareness to protect a player’s reputation if the test is shown to be a false positive.

“I’ve watched guys use supplements that are non-certified (by the National Science Foundation) and I think that they are nuts,” Colabello added. “At the (union’s) executive board meetings I asked a question in our drug meeting about ‘Protein Cheerios’ at the supermarket because I was scared of what those might have in them.”

Rosenthal does make the interesting note that Turinabol has traditionally been used as a stacked substance, meaning that it is often taken in combination with several other (often illegal) substances. Colabello, Stumpf, and Mir tested positive for only Turinabol, though.

“The part that scares me the most is that I don’t know what to change for this not to happen again,” Stumpf said. “I have no clue. I am as lost as I was when I started.”

Colabello is eligible to return to the Blue Jays following his 80-game suspension, but will not be eligible for playoff competition should Toronto qualify.

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