The death of Jose Fernandez rocked the baseball world in September.

More than a month later, a Miami-Dade County toxicology report showed that cocaine and alcohol were discovered in Fernandez’ blood. In fact, the 24-year-old had a blood alcohol content of .147 – nearly twice the legal limit – when his boat crashed, killing him and his two friends, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25.

Neither Macias nor Rivero were beyond the legal blood alcohol limit, but cocaine was also found in Rivero’s blood. It is unknown who was driving the boat at the time of the crash.

Does this information change how people will perceive Fernandez and his death?

“I think it’s sad whether there were drugs or alcohol involved or not,” Yahoo! Sports MLB insider Jeff Passan said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “To me, it doesn’t change the luminescent player that he was and the huge personality that he was and the loss that baseball is suffering because of it. Are people going to sit there and say, ‘What was he doing on drugs in a boat driving – I don’t know if he was driving or not, but someone driving – at high speeds?’ Yeah, of course they’re going to. The fact that substances were involved there, to me, doesn’t change it at all. He’s not coming back and I don’t think his legacy is tarnished by any means by this. I just look at it like a sad note to a situation that was already sad enough already.”


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