So J.C. Romero has sued Ergopharm, the company that made his androstenedione-containing supplement, 6-OXO Extreme. He also sued the Vitamin Shoppe and GNC, where he bought the stuff. As most of you know, Romero was suspended 50 games after testing positive (the test occurred on August 26, 2008), though he claims he didn’t know that the supplement contained a banned substance. Only Romero knows if that is true, because none of us was privy to his thoughts when he purchased and repeatedly ingested the andro. He will ultimately lose $1.4 million in salary.
UPDATE: Thanks to the reader who reminded me of this January New York Times story, which provides a helpful summary of the entire situation, and resolves the confusion over whether calling the hotline would have helped. Near the bottom of the story, MLB's Rob Manfred states clearly that the league would have told Romero not to take 6-OXO, had the pitcher called the hotline.