MLB issues statement in response to Mejia

Major League Baseball issued the following statement on Friday regarding claims made by former New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who previously received a permanent suspension from Major League and Minor League Baseball following his third performance-enhancing substance violation under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program:

"As we have said before, no representatives of Major League Baseball met or spoke with Jenrry Mejia regarding any of his drug violations. In fact, MLB coordinates all 40-man roster player interviews with the MLBPA and they are present at the interview as the player's union representative.

"Sadly, the comments made by Mr. Mejia and his representatives today continue a pattern of athletes hiring aggressive lawyers and making wild, unsupported allegations about the conduct of others in an effort to clear their names. Mr. Mejia's record demonstrates that he was a repeated user of banned performance-enhancing substances. As such, per our collectively bargained rules, he has no place as an active player in the game today."