knox_raiders_steroidsA basketball player for the Knox Raiders in the winter South East Australian Basketball League gets a two-year ban for importing steroids. The Australian Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) made the announcement Thursday.

It was reported that Paul McMaster was searched by Australian Customs officials February this year on his return trip from Southeast Asia. Authorities found numerous tablets in his possession, which were later identified as two types of anabolic steroids.

ASADA said the basketballer confessed to his use of anabolic steroids and waived his right to a hearing. McMaster is eligible to return to the sport in June 2010.

Incidentally, it was also in the month of February 2007 when Hollywood’s big star Sly Stallone was stopped by Customs officers at Sydney airport after 48 vials of human growth hormone (HGH) were found in his luggage. Subsequent searches were conducted on the actor’s private jet and luxury hotel room. Further evidence was reportedly discovered at his hotel suite relating to his importation of illegal compounds.

On May 2007, he was formally convicted of importing banned compounds into Australia and was ordered to pay $9,870 in fines and court costs.

In one of his interviews relating to his HGH use, Stallone stated: “As you get older, the pituitary gland slows and you feel older, your bones narrow. This stuff gives your body a boost and you feel and look good. Doing Rambo is hard work and I am going to be in Burma for a while. Where do you think I am going to get this stuff in Burma?”

Stallone flew to Sydney in February 16, 2007 to promote his film Rocky Balboa.

In his February 2008 interview with Time Magazine, Stallone justified his use of HGH: “Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older. Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter.”