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Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

May 18, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

HGH.jpgDr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH
investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview Alex Rodriguez.

But baseball isn’t the only sport in which the good Dr. has contacts, and today Galea was charged with unlawfully treating professional football players with unapproved drugs,
including human growth hormone:

The complaint charges the doctor with lying to federal officials,
smuggling, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing the unapproved drug
actovegin into interstate commerce and conspiracy to defraud the United
States.

According to court documents, Galea’s clients include at least three
National Football League players. One allegedly had two HGH kits
delivered to his home, and another allegedly received actovegin
injections.

The football players remained anonymous in the complaint, though I can’t immediately understand why, seeing as though they will no doubt be witnesses in this case, voluntary or otherwise.  One would assume, wouldn’t one, that if and when the football players’ identities do come out that they’ll be dragged through the mud. Oh, wait, I forgot what sport I was dealing with.

There’s no suggestion that any baseball players were mentioned in the indictment by name or anonymously, which suggests that, much to the i-Team’s chargrin, Dr. Galea wasn’t giving Jose Reyes and others HGH. Of course these charges often get amended multiple times with multiple counts added, so it’s possible that Galea will be accused of distributing to baseball players at a later date.

In any event, let us all sit back, relax and watch Ian O’Connor’s get whiplash from going from relative reason to outrage in the space of about six hours.

  1. Fan - May 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    There are A-Rod lovers and haters, just as there might be Ian O’Connor admirers, somewhere. But we do need people to give as the bad news, someone to rake up the muck, to find some kind of truth. A-Rod still hasn’t given an interview to investigators, why not? Something to think about, and debate.

  2. YANKEES1996 - May 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    I can hear O’Connor boiling now with all types of new obscenities to throw at A-Rod. I posted something just a few days ago about how the NFL would never be taken to task about this kind of situation because they have been covering it up for far longer than MLB. These players names who had the packages delivered to them still have not had their names released. I will guarantee if A-Rod had one of the packages delivered to his home it would have been the lead story in no less than a dozen newspapers and would have been aired on every sports show first thing this morning. The NFL has some serious security and they have done an admirable job of blacking out their players involvement in the entire steroids in pro sports debacle. I can’t exactly put my finger on the reason that baseball has faired so badly in the scandal, unless, could it possibly be bad leadership? Nah, that couldn’t be it.

  3. Rays fan - May 18, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    The NFL doesn’t cover up PED use. It doesn’t have to. The rules that say the first use gets a 4 game suspension, and the second gets a one-year banishment are not new. The NFL tests 20% of the league every week starting in training camp and has off season testing as well. Meanwhile, the media covering football doesn’t, as a whole, get in a frenzy when someone gets caught. Why? Could be because PEDs, while against the rules, just aren’t as big a problem to the NFL when there have been dozens of cases of far more serious crimes by players–weapons charges, domestic violence, sexual assault, even murder.

  4. Joey B - May 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    “These players names who had the packages delivered to them still have not had their names released. I will guarantee if A-Rod had one of the packages delivered to his home it would have been the lead story in no less than a dozen newspapers and would have been aired on every sports show first thing this morning.”
    Nothing unusual there. There are probably millions of people either using drugs or hookers. They don’t make the paper. Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan do. A pitcher on the DL in Cincy, no one really cares about. A couple of CBs that no one would recognize on the street, no one cares. But if it were Peyton Manning or Kobe Bryant, it would be headlines.

  5. B'more 3 - May 18, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    They were NOT “performance enhancing drugs”. He gave them to the freakin’ Redskins for cryin’ out loud.

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 19, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Jeremy Giambi knows exactly what you are saying.
    Also Craig, something to consider everytime someone wants to bash the MLBPA for “dragging their feet” to get testing approved. While this may be true, no one has taken the league to court over the testing and whether it violates a states right issue like the Williams did in the Star Caps case. Players maybe using the worst excuses ever as to why they were caught, but they are accepting the punishment and not dragging the matter through the courts.

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