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Wednesday 02, Jul 2008

  Former bodybuilder sentenced to jail for trafficking steroids

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Australian Anastasios Papadopoulus, a former Mr. Victoria bodybuilder, is bound for jail and is likely to stay there for at least five years for trafficking anabolic steroids.

According to County Court Judge John Barnett, Papadopoulos resorted to selling anabolic steroids and other illicit drugs to support his lifestyle, which included gambling away large sums of money at Crown casino.

He sold 18,715 ecstasy tablets, 879.5g of cocaine worth $241,730, 9931g of amphetamines and 13,402ml of steroids, Judge Barnett said. The county judge sentenced Papadopoulus to eight years and nine months’ jail with a minimum of five years. He will also have to pay a pecuniary penalty order amounting to $436,820.

Authorities began investigating the 28-year-old Brunswick resident back in 2006. He was then the proprietor Flash Bodies, a personal training studio located in Moonee Ponds. In late 2006 and early 2007, he supplied drugs to an undercover police officer he met at his studio.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a large commercial quantity of ecstasy, trafficking in a commercial quantity of cocaine and five counts of trafficking a drug of dependence.

Anabolic steroids, properly termed anabolic-androgenic steroids, are man-made substances related to male sex hormones. Medical uses of anabolic steroids include therapy for some hormone problems in men, late puberty and muscle-wasting condition from some diseases.

Bodybuilders and athletes often use these compounds to build muscles and improve athletic performance. Their use is banned by all major sport organizations including the International Olympic Committee, UEFA, FIFA, and the European Athletic Commission.

Anabolic steroids are also classified as controlled substances in many countries including Brazil, Canada, Argentina, United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.

In Australia, anabolic steroids are scheduled as dangerous drugs with the exception of South Australia. In South Australia, possession of these drugs does not constitute a crime; however, trafficking or selling does.

Monday 30, Jun 2008

  NFL’s Bradshaw clarifies steroid comments

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Terry Bradshaw SteroidsTerry Bradshaw has recently clarified his comments on his use of steroids. On the Dan Patrick radio show last week, the Hall of Fame quarterback admitted use of legal steroids back in the 1970s. On Sunday, he drew a distinction between legal steroids and banned anabolic steroids.

“We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing. My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up [healing after] injury, and I thought nothing of it. . . . It was to speed up the healing process, that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger and faster.”

Bradshaw further explained that he was referring to therapeutical corticosteroid injections, which are used to reduce inflammation. He emphasized that they were not anabolic steroids that build muscle and sometimes cause extreme side effects.

“I’m not bodybuilding here,” Bradshaw said, laughing about the confusion that stemmed from the interview. “They were not those kind of steroids. They were anti-inflammatories.”

Bradshaw offered the clarification while appearing at a news conference to welcome Michael Strahan to the Fox NFL Sunday team.
Bradshaw suffered neck, wrist and elbow injuries during his career and quit the game for good after suffering an elbow injury near the end of the 1983 season.

Several Steelers players from the 1970s have admitted to using steroids, including the late Steve Courson, whom Bradshaw mentioned in the interview with the program’s host.

Anabolic steroids have legitimate medical uses. They are commonly used in hormone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone levels to improve libido. Other medical uses of anabolic steroids include growth and appetite stimulation, treatment for certain types of anemia, as well as gender dysmorphia.

Non-medical use of anabolic steroids is widespread in sports that require speed, power, and strength. Athletes, such as those in bodybuilding and weightlifting, use anabolic steroids because they enhance performance and physique.