Mejia feels MLB conspired to kick him out of baseball


Former New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia believes the MLB orchestrated his lifetime ban from the league.

Mejia became the first player to be permanently suspended by MLB, after a third performance-enhancing substance violence last month.

The 26-year-old right-hander, who will appeal the ban, had already been suspended for 80 games in April 2015 after testing positive for Stanozolol.

Mejia returned for seven games before being hit with a 162-game suspension in July for testing positive again for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

But the Dominican feels he was the victim of a witch hunt, after claiming the second of his three failed tests for performance-enhancing drugs was inaccurate and MLB told him afterward that if he appealed "they will find a way to find a third positive."

"I felt there was a conspiracy against me," he told the New York Times, via a translator.

"I feel that they were trying to find something to bring me down in my career."

Of the players' union, a disappointed Mejia said: "The association should have done more. They should have been there to defend me -- because that's what they're there for.

"They should have found something to appeal for."

Mejia added: "I wouldn't change a thing. If the situation was meant to happen, then it was meant to happen. If God wanted it that way, it's going to happen.

"All you have to do is admit your guilt when you are guilty. And stay positive when you're not."

Mejia can apply for reinstatement in 2017, but he is still unable to play again until 2018. He will remain under contract with the Mets in case he is granted reinstatement.