Will Jon Singleton File an Appeal?

Famous bust Jon Singleton tested positive a third time for a drug of abuse, which was almost certainly marijuana since Singleton was suspended for that 50 games earlier in his career (2012).  This time he got a 100 game suspension.

I would expect Singleton and the players’ union to file an appeal if Singleton loses significant money as a result of the suspension, because Singleton is playing in the final year of his five year $10M contract, and he could potentially lose more than half of the $2 million he was slated to earn this year (he still has a $500,000 buy-out on the two option years next off-season) if he loses pay for all 100 days of the suspension.  Singleton is likely going to need most of that $2M, because there isn’t going to be much more in the future until he reaches earliest retirement age at 45, more than 18 years from now.

Unfortunately, the terms of MLB’s drug policy that I found on line are as clear as mud.  It’s possible that positive tests for marijuana can result in no more than a $35,000 maximum fine.  In any event, it’s obvious the Astros would relish any opportunity to get out from any part of the $2 million they are obligated to pay Singleton in 2018, since it’s equally obvious now that he’ll never be a major league star.

The rules regarding marijuana are whatever they are under the drug policy, so Singleton probably wouldn’t have many grounds to appeal unless he could somehow show that he smoked all his pot in California, Washington or Colorado, or the other states that allow recreational use.  He could then make an argument along the lines that if he was engaging in a legal act in the location where he got stoned, then MLB cannot legally enforce the drug policy against him.

The argument would probably be a stretch, not least because Singleton played for Corpus Christi in the Texas League, with Arkansas being the only state in the circuit that allows even medical marijuana, in 2017 when the positive sample was almost certainly taken.

The article from espn.com indicates that Singleton has an addictive personality, as he admitted in 2014 to having great difficulty breaking his marijuana habit and turned to drinking when he tried to quit smoking.  No way to tell, however, whether using marijuana has contributed in any way to the collapse of his baseball career.

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