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Friday 31, Oct 2008

Doping princess Marion Jones meets Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey

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Marion Jones steroidsFormer track superstar Marion Jones’ first interview since her release from a Texas federal prison last month was with the Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey.

Jones openly and tearfully talked about her fall from grace because of her use of anabolic steroids. She was confident to answer though that even without the illicit drugs she would still have won the gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

“I’ll ask myself, `Well, if you hadn’t been given “the clear” do you think you would’ve won?”‘ Jones said on a taped episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” broadcast Wednesday.
“I usually answer, ‘Yes.”

Jones described her confrontation with the prosecutors when they showed her a vial of the designer steroid known as “The Clear”. Jones said she instantly knew it was the steroid Trevor Graham, her former coach, had given her. However, she opted to lie about it, saying she thought Graham was providing her with a flaxseed oil and that she only learned that it was actually tetrahydrogestrinone through the prosecutors.

“I made the decision I was going to lie and try to cover it up,” Jones said on Winfrey’s show. “I knew that all of my performances would be questioned.”

Jones was imprisoned for six months for lying about her use of steroids and her involvement in a check-fraud scam.

Since the BALCO scandal exploded in 2003, Jones had vehemently denied doping until her appearance before a federal court last year where and when she finally confessed that she was on “The Clear” from September 2000 to July 2001. Subsequent to her admission, Jones was stripped of all her medals she won in Sydney – three gold medals and two bronzes.

Jones also offered her apologies to her teammates who had also been stripped of their medals because of her doping infringement. She was part of the US relay teams that won gold medals in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter events in Sydney.

“When I stepped on that track, I thought everybody was drug-free, including myself,” Jones said. “I apologize for having to put everybody through all of this.

“I’m trying to move on. I hope that everybody else can move on, too.”

Friday 31, Oct 2008

Operation Jellybean suspect pleads guilty to steroid-related charges

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canada_steroidsJellybean suspect Mark Anthony Haig, 38, of Chance Harbour pleaded guilty to five conspiracy charges of trafficking anabolic steroids and banned drugs under Canada’s Food and Drug Act. His sentencing hearing was set January 15 next year.

Haig was one of the individuals arrested during the culmination of ‘Operation Jellybean’ in January last year. Jellybean was a two-year combined law enforcement crackdown on organized crime operation that allegedly distributed cocaine, anabolic steroids, marijuana and other illicit drugs in the areas of Brunswick, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Haig’s alleged co-conspirators Spencer Gordon Court, 32, of Maugerville and Ontario resident Vincent Gemmeti face 31 and 27 charges respectively as a result of the Jellybean investigation. Gordon and Gemmeti are scheduled to stand trial on those charges in various trials in the coming months.

Operation Jellybean commenced in 2005 and resulted in 275 suspects being questioned and 41 search warrants being executed to gather 1,600 documents. Also during said operation authorities seized 0.5 kilo of cocaine, 25 kilos of marijuana, $359,000 in cash, marijuana plants, anabolic steroids, counterfeit prescription drugs and restricted guns.

Thursday 30, Oct 2008

Swedish police dismantles huge steroid ring

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swedish_police_steroidsA massive anti-doping operation was conducted by the Swedish police last week that had led to the arrest of 40 people and seizure of large quantities of anabolic steroids, weapons and ammunition. Several people were also brought in for questioning.

According to The Local, authorities conducted pre-dawn raids across the country to dismantle a large doping ring.

The incident that precipitated the nationwide investigation was the arrest of a 25-year-old man who attempted to flee the country with a bag full of money. The man was apprehended by the police on August 13 in Malmö. The suspect had also with him the name and residence address of a 51-year-old Gavle resident. Following up on that information police arrested the 51-year-old man and his girlfriend and they were put under custody for doping offenses.

“We found large quantities of doping drugs and we received signals that his sales basically encompassed the whole of Sweden and took place over the internet,” said Pär Langer of the Gävleborg police department.

The 51-year-old suspect’s computer was seized and reportedly authorities succeeded retrieving significant data that led to subsequent raids and interrogations of persons of interest.

Authorities from police departments in several districts and from the Sweden’s National Investigation have been working to discover the identity of the customers of the suspects already in custody.

“There’s much to suggest that this is the biggest doping scandal to have ever taken place in Sweden,” said Langer.

The Stockholm area seemed to be the center of the illegal trade; it was there where large number of drug sales took place that involved sales of anabolic steroids by individuals linked to fitness and bodybuilding establishments.

Thursday 30, Oct 2008

Nevada man arrested for possession of anabolic steroids and other controlled substances

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Police_steroidsMarshall Suiit has used his green thumb for the lucrative but illegal activity of growing marijuana plants.  Now, he may be sucking on that green thumb of his as he contemplates his future behind bars.

Suiit was arrested by Nye County sheriff‘s deputies and was booked into police custody on five charges:  possession of a controlled substance for marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance for anabolic steroids, maintaining a residence for the purpose of cultivating marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Fox 5 News, the 46-year-old Suitt was growing around 300 marijuana plants inside his rented home. Police received an anonymous tip and secured a search warrant. Search of the premises yielded hundreds of marijuana plants, vials of steroids, three pit bulls and a .40-caliber handgun.

Police had to ask the assistance of hazmat (hazardous materials) team since certain chemicals are used in indoor propagation of marijuana.

Wednesday 29, Oct 2008

Deuce McAllister admits he’s one of several juiced NFL players

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deuce-mcallister-steroidsIn the continuing NFL doping (or should we say ‘masking’) saga, New Orleans Saints’ veteran Deuce McAllister finally talked about his case. The running back is one of the still undetermined number of NFL players who have reportedly tested positive for the diuretic bumetanide.

Right after Saints win over San Diego in London on Sunday, McAllister himself admitted that he is one of the players under investigation for violating NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

“We’ve been kind of going through this process for a while,” McAllister said. “I guess you guys just found out about it at this point. But whatever happens, that’s what’s going to happen. We’ve hired counsel. He’s going to do his job to kind of put the case together and however the NFL rules, that’s the way it will be.”

McAllister is probably referring to David Cornwell, a well-known sports and entertainment lawyer. Cornwell has been a former lawyer for the league and has handled similar cases in the past. He has confirmed last week that he is representing some of the players implicated in the current NFL controversy. Cornwell has declined to name his clients except for Bryan Pittman, the 31-year-old long snapper for the Houston Texans.

“Bryan did everything humanly possible to comply with the NFL steroid policy, including obtaining doctors’ written authorization to take weight loss medication. He did not use steroids,” Cornwell said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

“Thus far, the only violation of the NFL steroid policy is the breach of Bryan’s absolute right to confidentiality while his appeal proceeds. Whoever is leaking this story is attempting to put their thumb on the scale (of) justice to harm Bryan.”

Other players who have been identified in various media reports include McAllister’s teammate Will Smith as well as Viking’s Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

Under the NFL’s steroid policy, a player testing positive for prohibited compounds can be suspended for four games.

Wednesday 29, Oct 2008

There are far more heinous crimes than steroid use says Barry Bonds defender

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Nowadays, it’s rare to hear someone defending Barry Bonds except from this disgraced slugger’s legal defense team. Almost everybody seems to have this inclination to punch Bonds in the nuts these days. We said ‘almost everybody’ because here’s someone who has this ‘clearer’ perspective on the issue. Excerpts from the Baseball Digest Daily blog:

I’m amazed that Bonds engenders so much hatred that people all but imply that they’re cool with rigged pennant races so long as Barry Bonds somehow is harmed by it.

We think of some of the heinous acts committed by folks employed by MLB: people abuse their spouses, utter death threats to children they fathered, commit rape and sexual assault, are vocal bigots, abuse and deal drugs, risk (and harm) innocent people’s lives by drinking and driving, commit various felonies etc. but people have saved up their vitriol for a man who (1) is a rude, self centered individual–a common species in MLB (2) has used anabolic steroids–also a common species in MLB and (3) has treated members of the media poorly (see 1 and 2) because…?

Bonds perjury trial is scheduled to commence March 2, 2009 and he is facing 15 federal charges of lying to a grand jury about his steroid use; he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Bonds currently holds the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and is the recipient of the most number of Most Valuable Player awards – seven in all.

Bonds is the central figure in two books Game of Shadows and Love Me, Hate Me. In Game of Shadows, written by reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, Bonds was alleged to have used stanozolol (winstrol) and other anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs to deliver those impressive home runs.

In the biographical Love Me, Hate Me, Bonds was described as “an insufferable braggart, whose mythical home runs are rivaled only by his legendary ego.” Writer Jeff Pearlman sought more than five hundred interviews to present to the public the persona of the now notorious slugger – both in and out of the playing field.

Tuesday 28, Oct 2008

Lie detector tests to catch dopers

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lie-detector-steroidsNatural bodybuilding organizations like the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation and the Natural Physique Association boast that their form of bodybuilding is better than any bodybuilding type because it is drug free, and therefore promotes healthier lifestyle.

And their way of ensuring their competitors are all natural and not some chemically-enhanced athletes? Polygraph testing.

Yup, natural bodybuilders are sometimes subjected to the same procedure some felons may undergo – the lie detector test. Take a look at the case of the natural bodybuilders joining the Natural Crystal Cup bodybuilding contest in Alaska as reported by the Anchorage News.
Competitors shuffled in a small conference room in a Midtown motel and one by one they sat and got wired up for the testing.

A sheriff’s deputy read out the series of questions, including their use of prohibited compounds. This was the first time in the state that an entire field of competitors was tested prior to a show.

In many natural bodybuilding contests, the polygraph is the ultimate judge whether an athlete is qualified to compete.

Natural bodybuilding federations have adopted polygraph testing as one of their means of catching users of illicit substances like anabolic steroids. Prohormones and diuretics are also included in their list of prohibited drugs. They also test through urine samples, but the lie detector test is the preferred method since it is a lot cheaper and gives immediate results. As far as accuracy is concerned, Northwest Polygraph Services, Inc., the firm hired to conduct the test in Alaska, said it is 98% accurate.

If an athlete tested for any of this prohibited compounds, he or she is banned from future competitions.

Tuesday 28, Oct 2008

Sports fans couldn’t care less about players’ steroid use

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MLB-steroidsYou must have read by now countless blogs tackling the latest controversy in the National Football League re several players testing positive for Bumetanide. The controversy arises not on the number of players; it was significant based on either report – Fox 31 television in Denver says there are between six to10 players who tested positive for this masking agent while ESPN.com says the number may exceed 15 – but on the way the names of the two athletes had popped out in the media reports.

Fox 31’s Josina Anderson reported that three or four positive tests emanated from the New Orleans Saints and named two athletes from that team. Saints’ Deuce McAllister and Will Smith are among the players who may face suspension, said the Fox 31 report.

The NFL is yet to react on the reports; however, sports and entertainment attorney David Cornwell has taken umbrage at the leaked information. It has been reported by AP that Cornwell will facilitate the appeal cases of some of the athletes involved.

“The author of the first report should be denied credentials and access to NFL games and other league events until she discloses her source.  Protecting players’ rights to confidentiality under the Policy is far more important than protecting the First Amendment rights of the coward who leaked confidential information or the competitive interest of a writer who is trying to scoop her colleagues.  The source knew he/she was doing something wrong and the writer encouraged it by offering anonymity.  They have no legitimate interests to protect,” Cornwell said in his email to ProFootballTalk.

“Everybody involved knows the confidentiality rules,” Cornwell added.  “The right to confidentiality overrides a reporter’s desire to break a story.  There is no public interest or public right to know.  The confidentiality rule presumes that nobody has right to know while the process moves forward.  Confidentiality is the cornerstone of every workplace testing program. It must be protected against any perceived competing interest — especially an unrelated party’s interest.”

But do you think sports fans, particularly football fans, are really that concerned about use of steroids and masking agents by the players? Or about whether or not a player’s privacy has been breached? We think not! Sports fans want to be entertained.

Remember what happened in the Major League Baseball. During the McGwire-Sosa race to beat Roger Maris’ homerun record stadiums were easily filled to capacity. When the MLB adopted a stricter anti-doping policy, and sluggers’ home runs dwindled, there had been a significant decline in the ticket sales. Obviously, baseball fans spend their legal tender to see home runs. Similarly, football fans want to see more touchdowns, and more forceful bumps-and-runs and aggression on the field. If players are using steroids and other performance enhancers, fans couldn’t care less. Fans buy tickets to see action and do not mind if players have receding hairlines, zits or zilch testosterone level. Fans just want to shout: “Let’s get it on!”

Monday 27, Oct 2008

Two New Orleans Saints players named in latest NFL doping controversy

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NFL-steroidsAccording to news reports, New Orleans Saints’ Deuce McAllister and Will Smith were among the several players who violated NFL’s steroid policy and related substances.

Fox 31 television in Denver reported that there are between six to 10 players who have tested positive for Bumetanide, a diuretic. ESPN.com, meanwhile, reported the number is more than 10 and may even exceed 15.

The sport league has not offered any comment on the reports so far, but attorney David Cornwell, who is reportedly handling some of the athletes’ appeal cases, has stated his disapproval about the reports, particularly the naming of the two athletes.

“These men are entitled to confidentiality and entitled to go through an appeal process, so the (Fox 31) report … is completely unfair,” Cornwell said. “The cornerstone of any workplace testing program, especially one in professional sports with high-profile people, is confidentiality.

“The recent reports about pending appeals by players who are alleged to have used weight loss supplements reflect the most egregious violation of the NFL steroid policy. The foundation of the policy is both a player’s right to appeal and an absolute right to confidentiality. By leaking this story, the ‘source’ is clearly attempting to put their thumb on the scale of justice and harm these men.”

Cornwell refused to name any of his clients or divulge the exact number of the athletes involved.

Just last month, another Saints player Jamar Nesbit was also suspended for violating NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Nesbit was barred from playing for four games, and he has rejoined his team’s active roster Monday, October 20.

Bumetanide is a diuretic and this type of compound works by facilitating weight loss through its promotion of water loss via urine excretion. Diuretics are often used as masking agents because they have the ability to dilute urine by increasing renal flow, making it difficult to for laboratories to detect anabolic steroids and other banned compounds. For this reason, diuretics have been included in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2007 prohibited list.

Monday 27, Oct 2008

The ‘Godfather of Steroids’ repents his sins

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jose-canseco-steroidsJose Canseco feels sorry for so many things these days.

He’s sorry he had used steroids. He’s sorry that he has now nonexistent testosterone in his system due to his steroid use. He’s sorry he tried to smuggle into California the fertility drug he bought from Mexico to normalize his hormone levels. And most of all he’s sorry he wrote Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. And sorrier when he wrote a sequel to Juiced, which he titled Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball. Vindicated, many say didn’t tell that much, and that’s a great disappointment from a supposed to be tell-all book.

Canseco said he should have never written those books with kilometric titles, and that he missed the friendship he had with former teammates, particularly Mark McGwire.

“I never realized this was going to blow up as big and hurt so many people,” Canseco said in a new television special.

“The more I think about it the more I realize how wrong it was.”

Well, we’d like the front seat when Canseco says sorry to McGwire up close and personal. We’d like to know for sure if McGwire can still hit as fast and as hard as he did during his days with the Cardinals.

A scathing article from AP:

If the old Canseco made you queasy, the new one is simply sickening.

Tune in if you want to hear Canseco talk about being depressed and wanting to be left alone; watch his meeting with a doctor to try to return his testosterone levels to normal; see his beautiful girlfriend and listen to him say he has no sex drive at all.

Why stop at just an hour-long special? This is so slimy it could become a reality TV hit.
They did miss a few things, like Canseco being charged in federal court in San Diego with a misdemeanor offense of trying to bring a fertility drug across the border from Mexico. His attorney said Canseco was in Tijuana looking for Halloween decorations with a woman and her 7-year-old daughter.

And there’s no footage from his first-round knockout loss to former NFL player Vai Sikahema in a celebrity boxing match in July in Atlantic City that was briefly popular on YouTube.
But there’s enough other stuff to make you watch this train wreck.

I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for him as he battles to regain his manhood and stay off the steroids he says he used for more than two decades. We’re supposed to empathize as he lies on a bed watching videos of his home runs and worrying about what the long-term effects of his steroids use will be.

It is a pitiful story, that’s for sure. But Canseco is hardly someone to be pitied, considering he has spent much of his adult life involved in one con job after another.

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