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Saturday 31, Jan 2009

TWO ATHLETES FACE TWO-YEAR BAN

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no-doping-steroidsTwo Australian athletes will be facing a two-year ban from their respective sports. Weightlifter and former sprinter Jane Dike and sprinter Andrew Muhlhan were identified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to have tested positive for anabolic steroids banned in sporting competitions.

Muhlhan raised the fact that the timing of the test was not within international standards of sample collection. He protested the charge by ASADA and raised this argument in court. ASADA, however, submitted an appeal to the Australian Federal Court and eventually managed an overturn.

ASADA is Australia’s doping control authority. Richard Ings, ASADA’s chairman, hopes that steroid testing will continue in Australian sports and that the investigations would serve as legitimate control over performance enhancing drugs. ASADA used target testing on Muhlhan. This means that he was chosen based on abnormal biological parameters (blood and steroid profile), injury, sudden changes in his career, or sudden improvement in his performance. Unfortunately for Australian athletes, ASADA can conduct tests whether a few hours before the competition or completely outside the competition

Friday 30, Jan 2009

A NEW LOOK AT STEROIDS AND THOSE WHO HAVE ONCE USED THEM

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sports-steroidsIn his column, Bleacher Report writer Jared Zeidman compared the use of anabolic steroids with a scene in the movie “Space Jam“— when Bugs Bunny gave his teammates the “special” MJ drink (which was actually just water) to boost their performance. According to Zeidman, there is a bias towards athletes who use steroids. Everyone thinks that they will perform better with the drug and that they will lose without it. He pointed out that you can’t immediately tell if there is a difference between using steroid use and not performance-wise. An example is Giambi who used to take steroids but still managed to perform well even without the drugs.

Shane Mosley is another proof that performance enhancing drugs aren’t really needed to enhance your performance. During the boxer’s fight with Antonio Margarito, an opponent expected to crush him, the 38-year old boxer used his wits, which eventually led to a knockout in the 9th round. Mosley was involved with Balco and was formerly taking steroids. But in his recent battle, he was clean and steroid free— and he won.

Friday 30, Jan 2009

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MITCHELL REPORT

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radomski-steroids1While former US Senator George Mitchell moves on to a new project in the Middle East, issues about his disagreement with certain passages in Kirk Radomski’s book, “Bases Loaded”, are still being examined. Radomski wrote that the senator himself asked him if he knew anything about the illegal steroid use of certain athletes such as Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez. Not all that were asked were identified in the Mitchell Report though and according to the anabolic steroids dealer, this was because Mitchell couldn’t get any second hand information about them. The senator’s deputy, John Clarke, denied any allegations. The problem is, however, it isn’t only Radomski who pointed out this tactic. Past interviews with other baseball personalities revealed the Mitchell’s office tried to fish for names and information.

Radomski is an important witness to the Clemens case and the Mitchell Report. It would look back if people start having the notion that the senator only wants positive news about his office and would rather hide the dirt on how the report was created. Although the Mitchell report had done a lot of good in naming athletes who had used steroids, the methods by which this information was taken would be scrutinized by the public.

Thursday 29, Jan 2009

INCONSISTENCIES IN RADOMSKI’S BOOK MIGHT GIVE CLEMENS AN ADVANTAGE

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bb-steroidsIt has been a week since the disputes on Kirk Radomski’s book, “Bases Loaded”, began  coming out. There have been so many factual errors in what he has written that even Sen. Mitchell and Major League Baseball had to release more accurate accounts. This time it is Brian McNamee, the chief accuser and Roger Clemens’ former trainer that gave out a statement contradictory to a passage from Radomski’s book. According to Radomski, McNamee bought steroids from him and had informed him that he injected Clemens with the steroid Winstrol. During his appearance for his deposition with committee investigators, McNamee had a different account than the steroid dealer.

Even if McNamee is the more important witness and that they could probably let go of Radomski, the cooperation of the two is essential in swaying the jury to believe the accusation against Clemens. According to a former federal prosecutor, the contradictory statements of McNamee and Radomski would hurt the perjury case and would give Clemens an uncalled for advantage. Ever since the release of his book, Radomski’s credibility has been put into question. The defense can use even the slightest inconsistencies to plant some doubt in the mind of the jury.

Thursday 29, Jan 2009

KENT’S PROUD WORDS AGAINST STEROIDS

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kent-steroidsWhile some Major League Baseball athletes have turned to the use of anabolic steroids in order to reach the top, other great players have shown their love for the game by staying clean. Jeff Kent is the epitome of the latter. Kent has been an advocate of MLB steroid testing throughout his career. When he was giving his retirement speech last week, he even commended the Major League and the players’ union for the developments in the drug testing policy.

Kent has been quoted several times by other supporters of anti-steroid programs such as Bud Selig and Sen. George Mitchell. For Kent, though, the battle against steroids and illegal drugs shouldn’t stop with what the committee now has. The tests could be much better. Kent even suggested adding blood tests to the routine urine samples taken from athletes since more drugs will be detected.

Kent is proud that he has treated the sports he loved with the respect it deserves. He is a winner in all aspects of the game and he has never cheated. His accomplishments, both in the field and outside, could give him the chance to put his name in the Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 28, Jan 2009

FORMER STEROID DEALER ASKING FOR A SECOND CHANCE

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underground-steroidRyan Shooltz, a 25-year old ex-steroid dealer, was given a chance to resubmit letters of support for his cause. He is hoping that U.S District Judge Michael Ponsor would give him a lighter sentence in consideration of his changed lifestyle since an incident indicting him several years ago. In 2004, one of Shooltz’s friends died of methadone overdose in the defendant’s Amherst apartment. They had to call in police at that and the officers found several doses of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, vitamins and unknown pills in the scene of the crime. Since then, it was considered that Shooltz and his friends were planning to distribute the drugs illegally.

Shooltz pleaded guilty last October but is hoping that Ponsor would also look at the fact that he has reinvented himself since the incident. He has a lucrative job as a salesman, his own apartment and even a long-term girlfriend. At present, Ponsor is considering to give him a sentence of 6 months in community confinement and the judge also noted that Lesser has not submitted letters of support for Shooltz. Thomas Lesser of the defense said that he didn’t think it was needed. Even if Ponsor admitted to rarely giving second chances to gather support for defendants, he told defense to compile as much for Shooltz’s hearing so that he can review the files before the sentencing on late February.

Wednesday 28, Jan 2009

STEROIDS OR NO STEROIDS, MOSLEY WINS OVER MARGARITO

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mosley-steroidsThe spotlight was on Shane Mosley last January 24 as he faced Antonio Margarito at the Staples Center. Margarito wasn’t able to do anything about Mosley’s aggressive attacks for the first six rounds. Although he was able to fight back on the seventh, this wasn’t enough to throw Mosley off. After a knockdown on the eighth round, Margarito was knocked out on the ninth after 43 seconds of trying to put up with his opponent.

What is truly amazing aside from the great determination that Mosley showed during the battle is that he kept his focus from round one. Mosley is facing several trials in his life right now. He just fired his father, Jack, from being his trainer. He is dealing with divorce from his wife, Jin, who had also been his manager. And he is facing an anabolic steroids scandal to which many legal actions against him are attached.

Last Saturday night, Mosley put on one of the greatest battles in his career. He may have regained the welterweight championship but it makes you wonder if this would be enough to help him regain the respect of those around him

Tuesday 27, Jan 2009

NEW JERSEY LOCAL FACES 33 MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT

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rd1-steroidsA local of Sayreville, New Jersey has been sentenced for manufacturing more than a thousand doses of anabolic steroids right in his own residences. Alfred Scarpa was found as a result of an investigation known as “Operation Raw Deal“. Federal agents were able to arrest and charge over a hundred drug dealers across the country. Last September 20, 2007, Scarpa’s house was raided and federal agents managed to seize 40,000 doses of steroids, 2 guns, and cash worth $56,000. They also found that part of his house was turned into a steroid factory and was used to produce his own stocks.

Scarpa was charged with illegal possession and manufacturing of steroids with the intent to distribute them, and possession of firearms. The man pleaded guilty to everything and has now been sentenced to 33 months in prison. The authorities are waiting and expecting Scarpa to surrender himself voluntarily by March 23 to face his sentence.

Scarpa has been part of several drug distribution schemes. In 2000, he was convicted for illegal distribution of cocaine in Monmouth County. In 2003, he was arrested in Union County for distributing ketamine

Tuesday 27, Jan 2009

APPLIED PHARMACY SERVICES IDENTIFIED TO BE ILLEGAL STEROID DEALERS

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steroidsThe federal grand jury of the U.S. District Court in Mobile, Alabama has charged members of Applied Pharmacy Services Inc. (APS) with illegal prescription and distribution of anabolic steroids. There were twelve individuals involved including the owners, Samuel Kelley, Jason Kelley and Jodi Silvio, four pharmacists and 5 other individuals who helped with the operation. According to the court documents, APS operated in at least 10 states.

The pharmacists involved were apparently prescribing and selling steroids that are used by veterinaries to human buyers. The public got hold of the APS through their internet campaign, advertisements, and local gyms and through snow-balling through their contacts. They sold cocktail anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin. When asked if there were any sports figure that served as a client, the assistant US attorney handling the case didn’t comment. She mentioned, however, that some of the clients were teenagers. This would pose a heavier sentence for the group since selling steroids and illegal drugs to individuals less than 21 mean 10 years imprisonment. Usually, a sentence of 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 are given to cases like this.

Monday 26, Jan 2009

YOUNGER MCGWIRE ADMITS TO BIG BROTHER’S STEROID USE

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Just when Mark McGwire thought that keeping quiet would keep him out of the hot seat, his younger brother, Jay McGwire, starts going around to sell a book proposal to major publishing houses. Jay wrote a proposal for a book entitled, “The McGwire Family Secret”. In the proposal, he wrote that he was the one who introduced Mark to the world of anabolic steroids. Jay used his $150,000 insurance money to buy performance enhancing drugs. After winning a bodybuilding contest in May 1994, he introduced Mark to a steroid dealer who explained everything about the drug to the athlete.

Apparently, Jay is not doing this to increase his popularity. The younger McGwire believes that his brother wouldn’t have to live his current socially isolated life if he would just admit and apologize just like other baseball players did. With the proposal content now public, what Jose Canseco previously claimed is affirmed. Canseco wrote in his book that he injected Mark with steroids in the bathrooms of where they played. This seems to be what really had happened.

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