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War on Test: Dispatches From Front


#1


The war on Testosterone continues unabated!. Truth is always the first casualty & justice is a joke. The body count of victims, both guilty and innocent,(often one in the same) are piling up...This is where you "war correspondents" can post your reports(You are not going to let me do all the work, Right?). Don't forget most news reports use biased language, so read critically...A few I've come across recently...


Texas to Test High School Athletes for Steroids

Texas has enacted a law to test more than 23,000 public high school students in all sports for anabolic steroids.
Texas state Sen. Kyle Janek, who wrote the law, says testing that number of students will determine the severity of the problem in Texas. He says testing will be implemented before this school year is over, and will act as a deterrent.


APD To Test Officers For Steroids
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Albuquerque Police Department will test some employees for steroid use.
City officials have approved a procedure for such tests.
The policy allows police administrators to test any officer
or civilian worker who shows signs of steroid use. Chief Ray Schultz [b]says testing is important because using anabolic steroids can result in rage or unpredictable behavior.

He said he wants to test a civilian employee after other workers noticed changes in that person's appearance[/b].
Under the policy, he must write the city's human resources director requesting the test and stating "reasonable suspicion" before it can be done.


Former Olympic silver medalist not allowed to compete following steroids ban

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Olympic canoeing silver medalist Nathan Baggaley, facing trial on drug charges, won't be allowed to return to competition despite completing a two-year ban for taking steroids.
Australian Canoeing said Wednesday it has rejected an application from Baggaley to be reinstated to the sport. Baggaley's two-year doping ban ended in September.

What we communicated to Nathan is that his application hasn't been accepted at this point in time,'' Australian Canoeing chief executive Kate Heeley said.It is under constant review. He's not currently able to compete in Australian canoeing events.''

In July, the three-time world champion was committed to stand trial in Brisbane Supreme Court on drug charges after police found 762 ecstasy tablets in a car he was driving on the Gold Coast in February.
The 31-year-old Baggaley also pleaded guilty in a northern New South Wales court last week to stealing a surf-ski from Byron Bay Surf Club. He was placed on a six-month, good-behavior bond and ordered to pay court costs.
At an Australian team training camp on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, four-time Olympian Clint Robinson said Baggaley faced an uphill battle to convince authorities he had not brought the sport into disrepute.

He only called me last week for the first time in about 15 months and was explaining his situation and where he's at,'' said Robinson, who won silver with Baggaley in the K-2 class over 500 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Nathan's got a few hurdles to jump yet and they're pretty big ones.
Baggaley tested positive for two steroids, stanozolol and methindione, in September 2005 and was subsequently banned for 15 months by the Australian Canoe Federation. The suspension was extended to two years by the International Canoe Federation.


Officer cleared in steroids probe
Albany detective won't face criminal charges for obtaining drugs

By ROBERT GAVIN, Staff writer

ALBANY -- A veteran city narcotics detective implicated in a nationwide steroids probe has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Detective Richard Gould, 42, was legally exonerated following an investigation by a special prosecutor assigned to the case.

"He's just glad this is over," said Gould's attorney, Cheryl Coleman.
Gould, who remains on desk duty, still faces internal disciplinary charges following a departmental investigation, said Police Chief James W. Tuffey.
But he's no longer facing the prospect of criminal charges for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs -- including human growth hormone -- at his Albany home.

Gould, a 17-year veteran of the Albany Police Department, received the drugs from Signature Compounding Pharmacy in Orlando, which was raided by investigators for Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Feb. 27.
The raid was the climax of a wide-ranging probe into Internet sales of steroids delivered to recipients ranging from Gould to professional baseball and NFL players.

Coleman never denied that the detective obtained steroids. She said Gould needed the drugs for home therapy because of a medical condition. Coleman has not publicly disclosed the nature of the condition.
Since June, the attorney has insisted Gould did not break any laws. The special prosecutor, Albany attorney Paul F. Edwards, agreed.
"After careful examination of all available evidence, I have concluded that no criminal charge is appropriate," he stated in a letter to Coleman dated Oct. 24. "Accordingly, I am closing my file."
Edwards could not be reached Tuesday. Coleman on Tuesday said the matter "never should have gotten this far."

Heather Orth, a spokeswoman for Soares, declined to comment.
Gould, an Albany High School graduate and one-time NFL offensive line prospect, joined the department in 1990. Known to some by the nickname "RoboCop," he's made hundreds of arrests as one of the city's better-known narcotics officers.
The Times Union first reported in February that a city detective was caught up in the steroids probe, but did not identify him because there were no allegations of wrongdoing at the time.

Investigators learned of Gould's involvement after they searched the Manhattan home office of a doctor who wrote prescriptions for a Texas wellness clinic. Many months later, after they sifted through mounds of records, they found information signaling Gould's orders for steroids.
Gould received 300 syringes -- as well as somatropin, stanozolol and testosterone -- at his home, according to court papers documenting a Dec. 15, 2005, prescription.

Court papers show the prescription came from Cellular Nucleonic Advantage, a so-called wellness clinic outside Houston. Its operators have since shut down their business and have since pleaded guilty to felony charges. Gould received three shipments from the Orlando pharmacy between December 2005 and last August, court papers showed. Gould's link to the steroids investigation surfaced publicly in June, adding a new chapter to already existing tensions between Albany's top prosecutor and its police chief.

At the time, Soares questioned why Gould was allowed to continue working on drug cases until mid-June -- months after he said Tuffey had been repeatedly told that Gould obtained steroids in the mail. Soares noted an "element of hypocrisy in having a guy who is in possession of drugs and going out there and arresting people for possession."
Tuffey, at the time, cited the ongoing internal investigation into Gould's situation. He had said prosecutors never gave him written notification about the detective until that week.

That was when Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Harris sent Tuffey a letter informing him that prosecutors would no longer use Gould as a prosecution witness. Soares later announced the formation of a three-member "taint team" that would assess the dozens of cases involving the detective.
Gould's steroid link seemingly left the investigator open to scrutiny as a prosecution witness. When he took the stand on Sept. 5 for the first time since his steroid link surfaced, he invoked the Fifth Amendment five times. His testimony nevertheless helped convict James Miles, 47, of making a $40 crack deal last October. Gould has not testified in any case since.
"I was told by my counsel not to discuss that matter," Gould had testified.
At the time, Tuffey said he had "serious reservations about a police officer testifying and taking the Fifth Amendment in a court of law."
He would not say what, if any, discipline Gould could face.
Coleman said Gould never wanted to invoke the Fifth Amendment but did so on her advice. Now that he's been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, that stance is lifted, she said.


Former NY Doctor Sentenced For Prescribing Illegal Steroids
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A former doctor from New York was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for writing prescriptions for illegal steroids and human growth hormone.
Ana Maria Santi pleaded guilty in July to writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for hundreds, if not thousands, of customers she had never met or examined. She wrote the prescriptions under the name of another doctor because her medical license had been revoked.

Santi and another doctor, Victor Mariani, were paid for the prescriptions by a New Jersey businessman, Daniel
McGlone. Mariani was scheduled to be sentenced later Friday. McGlone also has pleaded guilty in Rhode Island.
Santi, who was being held because she did not post bail, apologized in court.
"I'm sorry for what I did," she said.
She also has pleaded guilty to a similar scheme in New York, and is awaiting sentencing on state charges there.
Signature Pharmacy, a Florida company whose client lists reportedly include many professional athletes, filled many of the prescriptions written by Santi and Mariani.


The New Inquisition continues.....


#2

something tells me that blanket testing of the kids in TX is either unconstitutional, way to expensive (if they use the whole elite level tests), or will not catch a significant fraction of the cheaters. though i am going with all of the above.

my prediction is that kids will start using insulin and GH which are undetectable and orders of magnitude more dangerous that steroids.


#3

I do support testing youths and athletes (those 2 groups do not belong using PE drugs)
but some of those other cases where just ridiculous.

haha.

Heck I think it'd be a good idea for cops to use steroids (if they want- not mandatory use as I've seen others recommend). It would help them stay physically ahead of the criminals

oh well, I doubt the publics perception of performance enhancing drugs will change anytime soon (or ever).


#4

Who wants to bet the person making the decision about testing fit-looking cops is out of shape themselves?


#5


A no-brainer there! (I'm surrounded by em', get constant flak about trying to stay low-carb, esp when the pizza, doughnuts, and "healthy" fat/carb laden Muffins are trotted out)...


#6

Report: Jags DT Stroud facing 4-game suspension for violating steroids policy
By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
JACKSONVILLE �?? Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced as usual Wednesday despite uncertainty about his future.

A newspaper and a radio station reported that Stroud is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL�??s steroids and related substances policy. The Florida Times-Union and WJXL-AM in Jacksonville, citing anonymous sources, said Stroud tested positive for banned supplements.

According to the Times-Union, Stroud�??s �??A�?? sample came back positive last week. The paper said he exercised his right to have his �??B�?? sample tested Monday.

Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle who has 29 tackles and three sacks this season, declined to address the reports Wednesday, but said he expects to play at New Orleans.

�??I�??ll be there Sunday,�?? Stroud said. �??I�??m not here to squash rumors. I�??m here to play ball. Whatever happens will happen. But right now, I�??m going to focus on New Orleans. I have no comment on anything else.�??

Stroud missed five games last season because of an ankle injury and then had micro-fracture surgery early this year. Once considered cutting-edge, the operation �?? which creates small holes around the bone in hopes of stimulating new cartilage growth �?? has become much more common in recent years.

It was unclear whether Stroud�??s reported positive test had anything to do with his rehabilitation regimen.

The NFL does not comment on any matter involving its confidential drug policy.

Coach Jack Del Rio also declined comment.

�??There�??s really nothing I can do to address the swirling rumors and stories,�?? Del Rio said. �??There will be an appropriate time for all that.�??

The Jaguars might have been anticipating a suspension because they signed former Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a one-year contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 350-pound run-stopper led the league with 13 tackles for a loss last season. He started the first seven games for the Falcons before his surprising release last week, a move teammate DeAngelo Hall publicly criticized.

Jackson had 21 tackles, including 5 1/2 for losses, and one sack with Atlanta this year. He said there were seven or eight teams interested in signing him, but he chose the Jaguars because of their defense.

�??I like the style of defense they play, the one-gap scheme, and how aggressive they are and a couple of coaches I know on the staff,�?? Jackson said, adding he played under linebackers coach Mark Duffner in Green Bay and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis in Atlanta.

Jacksonville also placed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken wrist.

Losing Stroud would be more troubling.

�??Marcus has been very active, [b]a big strong defensive tackle for us for several years,�?? Del Rio said. �??Last year, he battled through the injuries and this year he spent the offseason really dedicating himself to coming back and being strong. He�??s battled and you can see the guy�??s done all he can to be there for his teammates.

�??There aren�??t many guys that are 310 pounds and can run the way he can run and make plays sideline to sideline[/b].�??


2 doctors sentenced for doling out illegal steroids
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Sentences have been handed down for two doctors who doled out illegal steroids and human growth hormone prescriptions to perhaps thousands of people.

One of the doctors has been sentenced to two years in prison, while the other was given a year of home confinement.

The two pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to charges they were paid by a New Jersey businessman to write medically unnecessary prescriptions for customers they had never met or examined.

Federal prosecutors have disclosed few details of the people buying the drugs and won't comment on whether the clients included professional athletes.

The new inquisition continues...


#7

I don't get it. What about Dr's that prescribe HRT. Are they going to hit them next?

I am sorry but this all out war on steroids is retarded.


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#9

Might actually take you up on that :wink:


#10

I would actually consider it if I had the time, lol. Can we get partner or group discounts?


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#12

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A former doctor from New York was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for writing prescriptions for illegal steroids and human growth hormone."

How can a doctor write a script for illegal steroids?

Maybe these were illegal prescriptions for steriods.

How did the steriods become guilty?

Why to reporters look so stupid like this? Maybe they are stupid.


#13

More and more over the past 5 years, I have come to believe that most reporters are the most stupid people on the planet. Or the most evil. I trust nothing I read in the news any longer.


#14

I think that they are prescribing test-eth. So the reporter says they are illegal. Well where else do you think the HRT test would come from if not a gel? Anyways thought AAS were legal in the states if a Dr gives you a script for them. I know here in Canada they give dieing patients cocaine, morphine, and some THC isolated drugs. I also have personal friends that get scripts for test and they are on it full time all the time.


#15

It reminds me of those "medical vacations" where people travel to India or Russia or wherever to get surgery cheaper, and while they're there they sort of vacation in the local area. I guess this could be a "medical" sort of thing. Market it as and HRT vacation.

Seriously though, if I ever get around to visiting the UK, which is one of the few places I haven't been in Europe, I'll hit you up.


#16

Oh sure, now you go and offer this holiday. I just got back from a hiking trip in Scotland. I could have just made a detour and headed over to you parts. I went and lost weight on my trip, I would have gone up on yours!

Bushy's Holiday Camp: "Come for the hospitality, stay
                       steroids"

#17

I said this on another thread....

Now I'm really considering my options/;-D

(After all, if Keith Richards can go to Switzerland and get his blood heat cleaned)...


#18


Paper: Williams bought steroids while playing for Arizona
06:08 PM MST,2007
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Francisco Chronicle reports that former big-leaguer Matt Williams purchased performance-enhancing drugs in 2002.
Williams was a five-time All-Star during his 17-year major league career with San Francisco, Cleveland and Arizona. The Chronicle reported that records indicate he purchased $11,600 worth of growth hormone, steroids and other drugs while playing for the Diamondbacks in 2002.
Williams' final season in the majors was 2003.
The Chronicle reported that Williams, in an interview Monday, said a doctor advised him to try growth hormone to heal a severe ankle injury he sustained during spring training in 2002.
Williams works in the Diamondbacks front office and serves as a team broadcaster.


Judge Delays Sentencing so Radomski Can Aid Steroids Probe
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A judge has delayed the sentencing of a former New York Mets clubhouse attendant and admitted steroids peddler so he can continue to assist federal prosecutors and baseball officials with their illegal performance-enhancing drug investigations. Kirk Radomski is now scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 14. He pleaded guilty to steroids dealing in April. As part of his plea agreement, Radomski agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell.

Radomski turned over numerous documents naming his many Major League Baseball customers, a list that Mitchell is expected to release in a report to club owners next month.

Radomski's lawyer didn't return a telephone call Wednesday. The U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco declined to comment.

Danish cyclist admist using steroids
COPENHAGEN �?? Former Danish rider Bo Hamburger became the latest cyclist to admit to doping Wednesday, saying he took the banned substance EPO from 1995 to 1997.

Hamburger, a former Tour de France stage winner, also said doping was so widespread within the sport at the time that it was impossible for clean riders to keep up.

"Cycling was distinctively marked by doping in the 1990s," Hamburger said at a news conference to present his book, The Greatest Price �?? a Rider's Confessions, in which he admitted taking EPO.

"It was a little easier to look at oneself in the mirror when you knew others did the same," he said. "So I did it."

Hamburger said cycling meant more to him than his family at the time, and that if he had been forced to chose between his wife and cycling, "I would have kicked her out." His wife, Sanne, was present at the news conference.

Hamburger, 37, is a former rider with the TVM, Casino and CSC Tiscali teams, among others.

Team leaders were not involved in riders taking banned substances, he said.

"But one should have been very naive and very blind not to see what was going on," he said.

Hamburger had earlier denied ever taking any banned substances, but said he started doping after an injury in 1995.

"My alternative would have been to drive the bicycle in the garage and stop the career," Hamburger said in the book.

Hamburger spent 16 years as professional rider before quitting in 2006. His top performances include winning the Walloon Arrow (La Fleche Wallonne) in 1998 and the Tour de France's eighth stage in 1994.

Hamburger said he continued doping until 1997, although it was unclear why he stopped.

"Bo Hamburger's confession illustrates how damaged cycling was by EPO abuse in the 1990s," said Brian Mikkelsen, Denmark's sports minister and World Anti-Doping Agency vice-president. "It is decisive that we make sure that we never go back to that time."

In 2005, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche accused Hamburger, Spanish rider Manuel Beltran and Colombia's Joaquim Castelblanco of testing positive for EPO during the 1999 Tour de France. The Dane then called the report "totally ridiculous."

Hamburger was the first rider to test positive for EPO under a new system introduced by the International Cycling Union in 2001. However, he was cleared by the Danish Doping Board because one of the backup samples came back negative.

Hamburger's confession came after a spate of doping-related admissions earlier this year from former top riders in the 1990s, including 1996 Tour winner Bjarne Riis, also a Dane.

Speaking about the recent doping admissions in sports, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said Wednesday that most confessions were "the result of the athletes being confronted by hard evidence found by judicial authorities."

"I don't think there was true remorse there. I think it is more damage control," Rogge said.

A series of doping scandals also tainted this year's Tour, with the entire Astana team thrown out after pre-race favourite Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a [i]blood transfusion[i/] after winning the 13th stage.

Danish rider Michael Rasmussen, who held the leader's yellow jersey for much of the race, was also thrown out for allegedly lying to his team about his whereabouts before the race, when he missed two doping tests. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The New Inquisition continues....


#19

Yep...

Ya' think!!??


#20

Hell. Yes. I'm in. Seriously. That's just too much to pass up :). At any rate, I'll be giving you a call/PM when I decide to go all the way to the dark side.