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Wednesday 06, Mar 2013

  Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

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Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

Baseball union head Michael Weiner has announced that there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating the drug testing program of baseball.

Weiner said baseball already has the toughest penalties of any team sport and a ban of fifty games is more than one can see for the first time in hockey, basketball, and football. The baseball chief also said many players have expressed their desire to increase the penalties for sport cheaters and that may happen in 2014. However, any changes to the drug program must get the approval of both Major League Baseball and the players’ union.

The 51-year-old Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head in 2009 and announced in August he is being treated for a brain tumor.

The Baseball union head added that one area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone and remarked that the players approved this change to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH and the players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component. Testing for human growth hormone began last year but was limited to spring training. Weiner also added that he will have discussions with the players who were named in a report by The Miami New Times as having allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.

He, however, said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to the clinic accused of distributing banned performance enhancing drugs and said Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, the defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Meanwhile, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance enhancing drugs that he provided have come back negative. He and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of Biogenesis of America. Gonzalez said in a brief statement he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs.

Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, as part of the change to the joint drug agreement will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. He also went on to remark that players understand it is important to have the strongest program possible, and given both the testosterone changes and the HGH changes, they are very much for it.

In a statement, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said one of the strengths of baseball’s Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective. Manfred remarked that we are looking forward to discussions with the Major League Baseball Player Association about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.

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Tuesday 10, Jul 2012

  Prescription drug abuse on the rise

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The adventurous bent for giving it all on the field may increase the risk of a player to abuse prescription drugs, according to specialists at a local summit of medical, coaching, and sports industry professionals.

Laurence Westreich, a drug abuse psychiatrist and consultant for Major League Baseball, said painkillers and stimulants used for controlling the symptoms of attention deficit disorders are increasingly being abused wile the world is all focused on the abuse of anabolic steroids.

Michael Harris, a pain specialist at the Andrews Institute and an orthopedic and sports medicine surgical center in Gulf Breeze, said athletes often are exposed to pain medications following acute injuries and physicians issuing prescriptions for more than two weeks at a time should be challenged for a more conservative approach.

Conference participant Barbara Morris, director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute at the University of South Florida, said those issues are magnified in youth athletics.

Saturday 08, Oct 2011

  Drug charges against former NBA player dismissed

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An Arizona prosecutor has dismissed charges against Samaki Walker, a former NBA player, who was arrested on drug charges.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said he’ll reconsider bringing charges against Walker once lab analysis provides a better idea to him about what types of drugs were found in his 2002 Mercedes-Benz during a routine traffic stop in Kingman on July 28.

The ex-NBA player starred at the University of Louisville before beginning a 10-year NBA career that ended in 2006.

Saturday 23, Apr 2011

  Canby cop purchased steroids on the job

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The FBI has disclosed that Canby Officer Jason Deason bought anabolic steroids on the job.

The accused officer purchased the steroids from Brian Jackson, strength and conditioning coach for the much-heralded Oregon City High School girlsbasketball team.

Dr. Linn Goldberg, head of OHSU’s Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine said, “You could see why a police officer might want to use them,” He added, “Sometimes they have to fight hand-to-hand. They have to restrain people. … You could see where there’s an inducement.”

Thursday 19, Feb 2009

  WHAT MAKES THE NBA PROUD

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what-makes-the-nba-proudIt feels like so long ago when the NBA was studded with scandals and tattoo-laden players, when its athletes were known for their recreational drug abuse and their cool gangster attitudes. If there is something Major League Baseball can learn from the NBA, it’s that the steroid-tainted scandalous time it is having now too shall come to pass. Baseball had started as one of the cleaner sports and now is only widely known for several performance enhancing drug cases. Basketball, on the other hand, has passed this stage and has moved on to a suspicion and steroid-free state that is worth celebrating in the recent NBA All-Star game.

Chauncy Billups admitted that there is no need for anabolic steroids in the world of basketball. The sport is a mental game amidst all the running and dribbling. Players don’t have to have those big bodies like in wrestling or the strength of baseball players. The NBA should be grateful for this. Because now, when great players like Kobe and Shaq and LeBron take on the spotlight, nobody will be asking if they had used steroids. Everyone will know that those skills are from raw talent, nothing more, nothing less.

Wednesday 15, Oct 2008

  Australian cager gets banned for importing steroids

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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.”