I’m surprised that this story isn’t getting more press. There’s too much in the story to summarize, so I’ll just quote a few paragraphs. But, you really ought to read the whole story, which names names.
The federal steroids case involving members of the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl team provides an unprecedented look at what some athletes risk to play professional sports, including one player who may have gambled with his life.
Medical records made public in court documents reveal that players were given multiple refillable steroid prescriptions and that some suffered unwanted, appearance-altering symptoms, prompting more prescriptions.
The medical records also raise questions that undercut the National Football League’s claim that its steroids testing program is the best in pro sports.
“Several of them were using disturbing, particularly alarmingly high amounts with high dosages for long durations — some in combinations,” said steroids expert Dr. Gary Wadler, who reviewed the medical records and prepared a report for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “This wasn’t just a passing flirtation with these prohibited substances.
“When I see (prescriptions) `renewed five times,’ I say, `What are you trying to accomplish?’ ”
Wadler’s report was used by prosecutors in the case against Dr. James Shortt, formerly of West Columbia, S.C., who was sentenced last month to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to illegally distributing steroids and human growth hormone (HGH).
I found this fact a bit disturbing.
Williams becomes the second Panthers player, joining Sauerbrun, linked to stanozolol in the Shortt case. Stanozolol is a powerful, highly detectable steroid that cost Ben Johnson his world record and gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Steroids expert and recently retired Penn State professor Dr. Charles Yesalis said it’s hard to fathom how two Panthers players could have used stanozolol without failing an NFL drug test if the system works as well as the league suggests.
Sounds to me like someone was being tipped off about the tests.
Addendum: Sean Forman does a little poking around and finds the Panthers steroid scandal isn’t getting much attention from any of the media outlets. And he adds this in the comments:
What do you think would happen if a large steroid ring were uncovered in the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals?
Heck, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa taken much more heat for steroid rumors. The Panthers scandal has the medical records of a doctor in jail.