John Rocker/Kurt Angle/Vic Martinizez Busted

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

LITTLE ROCK ? Report: Rocker on pharmacy list

The nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids continues as published reports implicated more athletes, including former star relief pitcher John Rocker. reported that Rocker, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold-medalist Kurt Angle, major leaguer David Bell and Victor Martinez, winner of the latest Ohio bodybuilding competition named for Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger, all showed up on a client list of Applied Pharmacy, a Mobile, Ala., company raided in connection with the investigation.

Rocker?s publicist told the Daily News in New York that he admitted taking HGH, now banned by Major League Baseball, but said it was for medical reasons.

?That was a growth hormone that was prescribed by a doctor in relation to his rotator cuff surgery in 2003, so I don?t really think there is anything to the story,? Debi Curzio, Rocker?s publicist, told the Daily News for a story on the newspaper?s Web site Tuesday night. reported that Rocker received two prescriptions for somatropin between April and July 2003.

Bell told he received the shipment of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) last April but said the drug was prescribed ?for a medical condition,? which he declined to disclose.

Albany County (N.Y.) District Attorney David Soares says Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., was at the center of a web of businesses and doctors that illegally wrote prescriptions forsteroids.

Soares acknowledged that Martinez was an ?unindicted co-conspirator? in the case. Martinez won the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition Saturday in Ohio.

Martinez told The New York Times he bought testosterone from Steven and Karen Lampert of Anti-Aging Centers in Nanuet, N.Y., after their clinic told him he had low levels of the hormone. The Lamperts were arraigned Tuesday on drug-related charges and pleaded innocent.