Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Robinson Cano Statement on PEDs

Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games for violating the MLB ban on using PEDs.

Cano issued the following statement:  

“Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.”

Notice that he does not deny being prescribed "furosemide" in the statement, but begins with its usage for "various medical conditions."

This is true.

He then notes that it is used in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. 

This is also true.

People do not like to lie outright.  It happens in less than 10% of deceptive statements.  Instead, the more clever the deceiver is, the more he anticipates you will interpret his words without forcing him into the confrontation of a direct lie. 

He then said that it was given to him by a "licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment."

Here he puts the responsibility of the action or event upon the doctor. 

Verbalized Perception of Reality 

We listen without interpretation.  We seek to understand his verbalized perception of reality.  It is not reality; it is how her perceives it and communicates this perception to us. 

He did not "take it" but the "licensed doctor" gave it to him.

Passivity is used to conceal identity and responsibility.  

We note that he has the need to tell us why the doctor gave it to him:

"to treat a medical ailment."

Articles, like pronouns, don't lie. 

The medical ailment is withheld, which follows the passivity of "was given to me."

"The gun went off."  This deliberately avoids saying who pulled the trigger.  It is used in deception when one does not want to identify and assign responsibility for the action. 

Interesting. He did not say that he had a medical ailment, nor does he address what medical ailments are treated.  He only says what it is used for. 

This is an example of the "normal" or "routine" factor in which he wants to his audience to interpret his words as if he said,

"I was treated for a medical condition", which would be a direct lie.  Instead, he relies upon his audience to interpret his words. 

He did not state, "I was treated for a medical ailment", therefore, if he cannot bring himself to state it, we will not state it for him.  We listen; we do not interpret. 

Most lying, above 90% is done via missing information. 

He does not admit taking it. 

This is what deceptive people do.  Do not interpret but listen to him and note that we have passivity and we now have distancing language.   

The distancing language comes as the pronoun "I" enters the statement.  This means that as he psychologically enters his statement, he wishes to immediately distance himself from the event. 

While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.”

He psychologically enters the statement telling us what he did "not" realize and then further qualifies this with the timing element of "at the time."

He has been suspended, in his verbalized perception of reality, because of what a doctor did with a medication that is used to treat other peoples' ailments. 

He revisits the passivity, shifting blame to the doctor with "...that I was given a medication that was banned."

In his statement, he did not take it; it was given to him. 

"I obviously wish that I had been more careful."

The concealment of the medical condition combines with the passive voice to tell us:

the subject is deceptively concealing information from us. 

What might the ailment be that warrants deception via withheld information and passivity?

Furosemide is banned because it is a masking agent to hide testosterone and HGH. 

Deception Indicated

He knew and he refuses to take personal responsibility. 

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tania cadogan said...

"I obviously wish that I had been more careful."

Careful about what?
More careful about taking medication from doctors for a genuine ailment or more careful about not getting caught taking banned substances?

sonjay said...

He says "this substance was given to me...."

In healthcare, "medicine" is prescribed.

In athletics, "substances" are banned.

He thinks of it as a "substance," not as a "medicine." He was taking a substance, not a medicine.

Lucia D said...

Great points, I agree.

John mcgowan said...


He could be using anothers language. That is, if the allegation against him used the word "substance".

John mcgowan said...

* Substance"