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Saturday 28, Feb 2009

A LOOK AT THE PAST AND THE FUTURE OF THE “WILLIAMS WALL”

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a-look-at-the-past-and-the-future-of-the-e2809cwilliams-walle2809dIn December of 2008, a surprising news hit the world of the National Football League as well as several fans of the Minnesota Vikings. Two of its best defense linemen had failed the drug test done. Pat and Kevin Williams were tested positive for a diuretic. Diuretics are banned from football mainly because they can mask the effect of steroids. Although the two have not been proven to have used anabolic steroids, they were given a four-game suspension. Pat and Kevin Williams addressed the issue by suing the NFL. According to the athletes, they didn’t know that the supplement Starcaps which they were taking had a diuretic component and that component was not even listed in on the bottle. Starcaps is not banned from the NFL. The two will be facing trial this coming June 2009.

The pair is known as the “Williams Wall” of the Minnesota Vikings. They are not blood related but they can set up one great defense— probably the best rush defense the NFL has ever seen. In fact, other athletes have a hard time getting past these two and their absence in games will be a thorn in the Vikings’ foot.

Friday 27, Feb 2009

BSO IS POSSIBLY FACING ANOTHER STEROID SCANDAL

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bso-is-possibly-facing-another-steroid-scandalJust when the police departments in different areas appear to have more and more officers testing positive for steroid use, the Broward Sheriff’s Office of Palm Beach has yet another steroid hurdle to overcome. Recently, sixteen of its members– fifteen deputies and one civilian employee– have been under investigations for suspected steroid use. The sixteen were taken off their duties in the road and were assigned to office and paperwork while investigations on them are still ongoing. The sixteen were also asked to take a drug test last Friday. The results of which are still being processed.

Back in 2004, the same office faced a scandal when one of their deputies by the name of Todd Fatta was shown to have anabolic steroids in his system after the toxicology section tested him after he was shot during a raid. The next scandal was when eight of BSO’s employees were found to have used anabolic steroids which were all bought from a company known as PowerMedica. The eight were not punished because they were able to produce prescriptions from their physicians. Unfortunately, the lack of further investigations during that incident might have also meant a go signal for other members to take these illegal prescription substances. Sheriff Al Lamberti shouldn’t show such leniency to his deputies because it might give the wrong signal of tolerance to such practice.

Friday 27, Feb 2009

FATHER CALLS ON A-ROD’S SUPPORT

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father-calls-on-a-rode28099s-supportThe name Dan Hooton is not new in news about steroids. No, he is not an athlete who was found using steroids nor is he a drug dealer who was recently busted by the cops. He is not related to baseball or wrestling or the NFL. Dan Hooton is a father and he could have been just your regular dad except that six years ago, his son died from steroid use. Taylor Hooton was a pitcher for his high school baseball team back when he was 17. Because he wanted to become bigger and stronger, Taylor took anabolic steroids and was found by his mom hanging in his room after seven months of use. The suicide was caused by the side effects of the steroids and Dan Hooton has never forgotten that since. Dan Hooton has been an anti-steroid advocate ever since Taylor died. He established the Taylor Hooton Foundation addressed to informing the youth of the negative effects of these performance enhancing drugs and hopefully, prevent future “Taylors”. Recently, he had contacted Alex Rodriguez in hopes that the baseball superstar, who had lately been in the news for his steroid use, would join them in their advocacy.

Dan Hooton goes around the country telling everyone the different forgotten stories of the youth that had used steroids and the story of his son, Taylor. Dan Hooton doesn’t really care about the professional athletes that take steroids, as a matter of fact. But he cares about the youth and the young ones who look up to their idols and see those using steroids and start thinking that it’s okay when it’s not.

Thursday 26, Feb 2009

ARNOLD’S ANTI-STEROID CAMPAIGN

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arnolds-anti-steroid-campaignWhile nobody really knows exactly when he used anabolic steroids, everybody knows that then-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger had used these performance enhancing drugs at one point in his career. This is a fact that he has not hidden although back in those days, steroids were still legal and that is why the actor turned governor has not been reprimanded. Arnold is viewed by many as the man who has the perfect body. He did this by working out, sticking to his diet and, of course, using steroids. The actor claimed that he used the drugs to help him maintain his gain and not to produce the muscle gains per se. At present though, Arnold is starting his advocacy against steroid use.

As ironic and borderline hypocritical as it may seem to some, the reasons this man has are within normal boundaries. Who wouldn’t go to such lengths for the youth, right? It seems like Arnold understands that the youth look up to professional athletes as their idols. It is these athletes responsibility to direct the youth towards a better, healthier path by acting like the proper role models they should be.

Thursday 26, Feb 2009

ORTIZ ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT PRESINAL

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ortiz-answers-questions-about-presinal1After the scandal involving Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use, several other names have come out. One of these is Angel Presinal who used to be the athlete’s trainer. David Ortiz of the Houston Red Sox is presently being questioned due to his ties with Presinal. Presinal is a trainer who has been banned from any of the Major League Baseball teams since he was indicated in an incident back in 2001 where an unmarked gym bag filled with anabolic steroids. According to Ortiz, he has known Presinal for several years at a professional basis. They had worked with each other in a training facility near his house and Ortiz claimed that the trainer did not suggest that he use steroids ever.

According to Ortiz, Presinal trains a variety of athletes ranging from marathon runners to baseball players to basketball players. He doesn’t know if Presinal has been advising his clients to use steroids. Still, the trainer teaches them how to work out and do exercises properly.

Wednesday 25, Feb 2009

LOPEZ III ALSO INVOLVED IN STEROID TRAFFICKING

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lopez-iii-also-involved-in-steroid-traffickingIt seems like the ghost of steroid use enjoys plaguing the New York Yankees. This time, it wasn’t involving an athlete. While Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees baseball superstar is still cleaning his name from the steroid scandal that is just a few weeks old, another shocking revelation has come out. The New York Post reported that Felipe Lopez III was involved in drug trafficking back in 2002. Who is this person? Lopez III happens to be the son of Yankees Vice President Felipe Lopez Junior. Lopez Jr. happens to be married to Jessica Steinbrenner, daughter of George Steinbrenner, the principle owner of the New York Yankees. Lopez III was charged with possession of prescription anabolic steroids and trafficking of a date-rape drug that athletes also use to recover from muscle injuries. He pleaded guilty to the charges and served 19 months of probation.

According to reports, Lopez III also served as a strength trainer for the team’s training facility in Tampa. Although his father and several officials have already denied this, it was also reported that Lopez III was asked to lay low and keep away from the facility soon after his drug scandal was released by the press. To make things worse, this isn’t the only brush with the law the Yankees’ official’s son has faced. He was also arrested for punching his ex-girlfriend in 2005 although the case was later dropped.

Wednesday 25, Feb 2009

SURVEY SUGGESTS OTHER INDIRECT SIDE EFFECTS OF STEROID USE

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survey-suggests-other-indirect-side-effects-of-steroid-useA recent survey done on the use of anabolic steroids in the athletes of the National Football League revealed that the drugs are correlated with various injuries and medical problems later on in life. The survey was sent to 3,693 members of the NFL Retired Players Association and about 20.3% of the players from the 1980′s admitted to having used steroids during their careers. That time, it was still accepted to take steroids since testing for performance enhancing drugs in the NFL started only in 1987. Most of those who used steroids were offensive linemen and defensive linemen, and they also registered with the highest rate of injuries including problems with joint ligaments and cartilage.

While there is no information on the type, duration and dosage of steroids these athletes used, researchers claim the finding to be a “snowball effect”. This means that after the joint problems have occurred, other disease entities developed directly or indirectly due to the injuries. These include inactivity, osteoarthritis, depression, obesity and diabetes. Indeed, if you look at the natural history of these diseases, they are related to one another. Many respondents claimed that they have also suffered from these effects after they had been injured due to steroid use.

Tuesday 24, Feb 2009

IOWA MAN FOUND WITH SEVERAL PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS

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iowa-man-found-with-several-performance-enhancing-drugsThe Iowa City Police department recently raided a house in S. Johnson street after receiving criminal complaints against the resident, Salomon Aragon, Jr. Police reported that Aragon, a 22-year old, was found smoking marijuana, an illegal substance. After the report, a warrant was made in order to search the residence. Aragon did not hesitate in letting the police into his house to do the search. What they found was an astounding collection of prescription drugs that Aragon did not have any reason to be possessing. Further details on why Aragon had these are still unknown.

Most of the drugs seized are used in the medical world although one would need a prescription in order to obtain them legally. Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator used as an anti-cancer. Clomiphene is used to treat infertility in females. So why would Aragon have these? The steroids seized are also all used as performance enhancing drugs in the world of bodybuilding and sports. Among the bunch are anabolic androgenic steroids such as testosterone, clomiphene, stanozolol and oxandrolone. Aragon was easy to post bail after he was arrested and charged of several counts of illegal possession of prescription drugs, of controlled substances and violation of the Iowa Drug Tax Stamp. After he posted bond, he can’t be found or reached to for interview on the issue.

Tuesday 24, Feb 2009

A-ROD’S “COUSIN” IDENTIFIED

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a-rods-cousin-identifiedDuring his first media appearance after he had admitted to steroid use, Alex Rodriguez managed to reveal the person who had provided him with the drugs from 2001 to 2003. He mentioned a mysterious “cousin” who was the one providing him with Primobolan and was also the one injecting him with the steroids. This person is Yuri Sucart from Dominican Republic who is also one of Rodriguez’s friends. The identity of Sucart was first revealed in ESPN.com and Carmen Sucart, his wife, confirmed the claim. She said that her husband gave “boli” to the athlete. That was the street name for Primobolan, a highly effective and heavy anabolic steroid.

While some question Rodriguez’s intentions for sharing the blame with Sucart, some are more worried about the issue that anabolic steroids might have been smuggled from the Dominican Republic to the United States. If this were the case, it would prove to be a bigger scandal for both Rodriguez and Sucart. Fortunately, Primobolan and other performance enhancing drugs are rather easy to acquire in the Southern country and DEA agents don’t plan on prosecuting either Rodriguez or Sucart for this issue or for the issue of using anabolic steroids.

Monday 23, Feb 2009

“THE WRESTLER” ACTOR ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION

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e2809cthe-wrestlere2809d-actor-arrested-for-illegal-drug-distributionOne of the popular movies today is “The Wrestler” which is mainly about the struggles of a professional wrestler in a competitive era. It has become famous not only because of its Academy Award nomination but also because it has been involved in several scandals. Some time ago, there were speculations that the movie’s main actor, Mickey Rourke, had used steroids when he said that he did everything a wrestler would do while preparing for the movie. Now, the most recent issue it faces is the involvement of another of its actors with the law. Scott Siegel was arrested on charges of illegal drug dealing just this week. Was this the secret to why Siegel fit his movie role so perfectly? In the movie, Siegel is the steroid dealer that had provided Rourke’s character with the performance enhancing drugs. While Rourke was not really proven to have used steroids while shooting the film, Siegel seems to have stepped beyond “living” his character. In fact, his character might have just mirrored his lifestyle.

Siegel was arrested with the charges of illegal anabolic steroid distribution and also with assault of a federal officer while he was struggling to escape DEA agents before he was able to be taken into custody. Unfortunately, this is not Siegel’s first time to be arrested. He had served some prison time from 1999 to 2003 after he was caught distributing anabolic steroids, ecstasy and hallucinogenic animal tranquilizers a few years ago.

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