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Wednesday 22, Oct 2008

  Major League Soccer awards its first steroid-related suspensions

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major-league-soccer-steroidsAfter nine years of testing for anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Soccer finally netted violators.

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke each received a 10-game ban after testing positive for androstatriendione and boldenone. Androstatriendione is actually a metabolite of the anabolic steroid boldenone.

The duo was also fined 10 per cent of their salary. The Associated Press reported that Conway makes $115,000 US this season, while Parke has a base salary of $57,488. The two players are also banned from participating in other competitions while serving their suspensions.

“MLS has one of the strictest drug policies in professional sports and holds its athletes both responsible and accountable for what they put into their bodies,” commissioner Don Garber said. “This is an important statement as to the high standards to which we hold our players.”

MLS has adopted testing for performance-enhancing substances in 1999.

According to MLS, the positive test results was due to the players’ use of over-the-counter supplements obtained from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain.

Eric Stover, the team managing director, expressed his regret over the doping incident. “This is a sad day for our club and our fans,” Stover said. “We are extremely disappointed that Jon and Jeff have tested positive for a substance banned by MLS’s policy.”

Friday 17, Oct 2008

  Another NFL player gets suspended for steroid use

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NFL steroidsWhen will these NFL guys ever learn?

Another player gets seized by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terence Metcalf was suspended for four games for said infringement and he is not eligible to play for his team until Nov.17.

“It’s something that happens,” coach Lovie Smith said. “He’s not the first guy in the league to get suspended for this reason, and that’s about as much time as we can spend on it. The league says he’s suspended four games. That’s what we’ll go with. … When you make a mistake like that, there are consequences that go with it.”

Many speculate if Metcalf will still be a Bear when the suspension ends. According to reports, the seven-year pro started five games at left guard last year, but struggled and was benched after playing with a broken hand.

“We see it that way,” Smith said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t be. It’s a four-game suspension, and that’s how we’re looking at it. Hopefully, we can get it back.”

Friday 03, Oct 2008

  Cowboys’ Mike Jefferson suspended for steroid use

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NFL has suspended Mike Jefferson, Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad receiver, for four games for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. The 25-year-old will serve the suspension without pay.

In 2007, Jefferson was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. On August, 2008, he was cut by the Cowboys when the team reduced its roster to 53 players. However, he was signed back to the team’s practice squad the next day.

Friday 26, Sep 2008

  NFL suspends Jamar Nesbitt for violating policy on steroids and related substances

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NFL-steroidsNew Orleans Saints Jamar Nesbit received four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, the league announced September 23. The suspension is effective immediately.

“My only comment was that I took something that was advertised as being natural,” the Saints’ starting left guard told the Sun Herald. “I looked at it three times. I have to be the one who has to take responsibility for what goes into my body.”

Nesbit, a 10-year veteran lineman, is likely to be replaced by rookie Carl Nicks. Nesbit is expected to return to the team’s active roster October 20.

“We are disappointed in the suspension of Jamar,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. “We will support Jamar through this process and look forward to having him rejoin the team soon.”