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TMZ’s Leslie Harris talks about the reaction from Los Angeles after MLB suspended former Red Sox/current Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez for 50 games after he failed a drug test.


Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

Ramirez released the following statement:

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me.

Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy, that mistake is now my responsibility. I’ve been advised not to say anything more for now.

I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past 5 seasons. 

I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. L.A. is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.”

So here’s the scoop – Lil Wayne’s excuses as to why he would not perform in Rochester and Boston are essentially bullshit. Why would Wayne not comply with rules in two big media markets, yet follow all the rules in Wilkes-Barre, PA?

Money.

Weezy pulled in a quick $210,000 for last night’s show at the Wachovia Arena. Whereas the shows in Rochester and Boston were for radio stations, booked by the labels. “Radio shows” usually pay expenses and not much more. Some stations will work out a deal where the headlining artist receives a cut or all of the door – but that is rare.

Just to furthen the point – Weezy complained of a subpar soundsystem in Rochester. Yet, the system was good enough for other performers that night, including T-Pain and Ludacris.

In Boston, the story revolved around mandatory medal detectors. My source who works security at Wachovia Arena told me Wayne would be subjected to the same preresequites to enter the venue in PA. Apparently, he did.

BTW – After leaving Wachovia Arena with 2 groupies, Weezy and company made a quick stop at the local Denny’s. Wayne himself did not enter, instead sending his manager to snag a menu, place his order, and bring his food back to the bus.