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Sunday 08, Feb 2009

  LIFE AFTER THE MITCHELL REPORT

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gibbons-steroidsJay Gibbons was a former outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. As a baseball player, he had his days such as when he hit a three-run home run during a game against the Cleveland Indians in 2005. Of course, he had his down moments. After two unproductive seasons, Gibbons was one of the athletes named to have used anabolic steroids in the infamous Mitchell Report. Gibbons admitted to have used human growth hormone for his wrist injury. While some athletes still face trial and others try to clear their names, Gibbons was effectively ostracized by the association.

After that, he had trouble finding a decent job. He was offered a role in the Minor Leagues but it didn’t last long. Gibbons knew his mistake and was sincerely apologetic. He even wrote to all the managers of the Major Leagues teams. Even if his intentions were heartfelt, he was just denied any chance to get back to Major League Baseball. While the public still debates on whether Kirk Radomski or Senator Mitchell’s office can be trusted, Gibbons is the example of what the Mitchell Report has led to. Let’s not forget, the reliability of that report is still in question.

Sunday 07, Sep 2008

  Victor Conte maybe right about steroid use of Caribbean athletes

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We can almost hear Victor Conte saying “I told you so.”

The former BALCO boss has warned anti-doping officials about the possibility of athletes from Jamaica and other Caribbean nations using performance-enhancing drugs. Conte said that these countries lack independent anti-doping bodies and the lack thereof provides athletes a wide berth to juice up.

Reports say that two members of the 2008 Jamaican Olympic track team obtained steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs from an online PEDs distribution ring. Sports Illustrated has the details of this story.

Two members of the 2008 Jamaican Olympic track team received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs through an Internet distribution network, according to documents obtained by SI.

The documents state that between June 2006 and February 2007, two shipments of Somatropin (Human Growth Hormone, HGH) and one shipment of Triest (Estrogen) were sent to Delloreen London, at a Texas address that traces to the athlete Delloreen Ennis-London; the birth date on the document matches the athlete’s as well, though the document lists the person’s gender as male. Ennis-London, 33, is a Jamaican hurdler who won the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2005 World Championships. In Beijing, she finished fifth in the event, but came within .01 of taking bronze. Though the information only pertains to receipt and not actual use of performance-enhancers, both drugs are banned for Olympic athletes.

The documents also indicate that in November 2006, a shipment of Testosterone, Testosterone Aqueous, and Oxandrolone (an oral steroid) were sent to Adrian Findlay, an alternate on the Jamaican Olympic team in the 400-meter hurdles. The drugs were sent to a North Carolina address that traces to Findlay; the birth date on the document matches the athlete’s as well. Findlay, 25, was also a member of the Jamaican team that placed second in the 4×400 meter relays at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. Findlay attended St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C.

According to SI, multiple attempts to reach Ennis-London for comments failed. Her husband said his wife was competing in Switzerland and cannot be reached. He, however, confirmed that his wife had indeed ordered the drugs in June 2006. He said his wife purchased the drugs to treat vaginal hemorrhaging. He said she ordered them after consulting with a doctor over the phone about her condition. He also said that his wife was not at home when the shipment arrived to open the package. He further explained that the 2007 package “arrived unsolicited and was never opened”.

Reports say that Ennis-London won the race in Switzerland, edging out Beijing Olympics gold medalist Dawn Harper of the United States. Shall we say congratulations?

Meanwhile, Findlay vehemently denied the allegations.

“I’ve been running stable all my life,” he said. “Trust me, I don’t use steroids. I guarantee you it wasn’t mine and I didn’t order it. I have a theory how this was sent,” Findlay said when he was contacted in North Carolina.

Findlay’s alleged source for the banned compounds was South Beach Rejuvenation clinic located in Florida. The same clinic which provided PEDs to slugger Jay Gibbons and who received suspension late last year for doping infringement.

We can’t really tell if it’s pure coincidence, but we learned that two of the most “notable alumini” of St. Augustine’s College down at Raleigh were Antonio Pettigrew and former track coach Trevor Graham. Now, we all know what happened to these two guys and we would like to know what will happen to Findlay and Ennis-London. We’ll keep track of this event.