Jon Singleton Deserves An Apology From Major League Baseball For His Marijuana Suspensions (Opinion Column)
Professional athletes should be measured by their competitive abilities and the content of their character. They should never be measured by the presence of marijuana in their system. Unfortunately, many professional athletes over the years were subjected to the latter. One of those athletes is first baseman Jon Singleton who, after serving multiple suspensions for marijuana use and being out of Major League Baseball in recent years, is now mounting an inspiring comeback. In addition to receiving a second chance at a professional career in baseball, Singleton should also be afforded a long-overdue apology for what he was subjected to by the league. Singleton was initially drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8th round of the 2009 draft. Fresh out of high school at the time, he was traded two years later to the Houston Astros where he was considered by many Major League Baseball (MLB) analysts to be a rising star. However, by 2018 he was dropped by the Astros and his return to the big leagues seemed unlikely. During Singleton’s initial tenure in professional baseball, he was suspended three separate times after testing positive for marijuana. The initial incident occurred in June 2012 when he was playing his first season of Double-A. Later that year in December, he failed another drug test due to marijuana, and as a result, received a 50-game suspension. As part of his MLB punishment for his second offense, Singleton was evaluated by a league therapist and determined to be a “drug addict.” That determination was immediately followed by a month-long stay at an inpatient rehabilitation center. Singleton eventually bounced back from the controversy and had the best season of his career in 2014, just to eventually fail another drug test in 2018 resulting in a 100-game suspension and an unceremonious exit from…
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