A Reds Prospect Was Suspended 50 Games For A Failed Drug Test...After Doing Multiple Drugs On SnapChat
LBS- Cincinnati Reds prospect, Ian Kahaloa, was suspended 50 games by MLB on Tuesday after a second positive test for drugs of abuse. Given some of his postings to Snapchat, the positive drug tests should not come as a surprise.
A Twitter user posted videos last month that are recordings of videos Kahaloa posted to his Snapchat account. One video shows someone appears to snort a white powder substance through a rolled up bill. The video finishes with someone who appears to be Kahaloa drinking Coca Cola.
The pitcher’s agent did not confirm to the Cincinnati Enquirer whether or not it was Kahaloa in the video, but a Reds rep said he believes it is the pitcher.
“We’re obviously really concerned,” Reds player development director Jeff Graupe told the Enquirer. “We’re working to get Ian the help and assistance that we believe he needs to get his long-term future to a more stable place. We’re kind of putting the baseball on the backburner.”
The 19-year-old Hawaii native has gone 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 17 starts during his 2-year career, all spent in rookie ball.
Tough look for SnapChat here. I mean, how can you push the slogan "life's more fun when you live by the moment" without letting "recreationally" active teenagers know that those moments can be captured and replayed for the world to see? I might not be the foremost authority on false advertisement, but I'm pretty sure that sitting out 50 games as someone that is trying to makes enough waves to get to the big leagues is the exact opposite of "fun".
Ian Kahaloa probably would have just broken up his morning reefer in peace if he wasn't tricked into thinking he couldn't truly be spontaneous without uploading his illegal acts of spontaneity 10 seconds at a time. Surely it was SnapChat's marketing campaign that convinced him that doing blow is pointless unless you record a "combustable" video of yourself taking the light rail to higher ground. It may seem pretty dumb to voluntarily include your face in clips of you breaking the most obvious clauses of your contract, but who knew that social media could spread socially? "SnapChat is for friends", my ass. SnapChat is apparently for narc ass bitches that don't know how to unwind after a long day on the mound. I suppose that's a far less enticing catchphrase, but at least it would give them plausible deniability when people like Ian Kahaloa get lured into inevitable suspensions with cutesy filters on their post-snort selfies.