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New criminal probe could ensnare NFL players

Since a reliable test aimed at detecting the presence of Human Growth Hormone in the human systemhas not been developed, the NFL enforces its prohibition against use of the substance only via direct or circumstantial proof of possession.

Now, a new investigation regarding a Canadian doctor linked to multiple U.S. athletes could prompt an investigation into whether certain NFL athletes acquired HGH.

There’s no evidence at this point of any athletes using anything improper.  However, according to the New York Times, Dr. Anthony Galea was found with HGH and Actovegin, at the U.S.-Canada border in September 2009.  Galea currently is being investigated by Canadian and U.S. authorities.

Per the Times, Galea has “developed a reputation among elite athletes for accelerating recovery after surgery or for helping them avoid surgery altogether.” 

That said, Galea claims he never has treated professional athletes with HGH.

“All these athletes come see me in Canada cause I fix them, and I think
people just assume that I’m giving them stuff,” Galea told the Times.  “They don’t
have to come to me to get H.G.H. and steroids.  You can walk into your
local gym in New York and get H.G.H.” 

Galea’s patients include Broncos quarterback Chris Simms and Raiders receiver Javon Walker.  Also, unnamed NFL players take “red-eye flights on Monday nights for treatment on Tuesdays,” ostensibly to utilize Galea’s platelet-rich plasma technology.

In the offseason, word emerged that Walker had knee surgery without the team’s knowledge or involvement.  Based on the Times report, it appears that Walker underwent a cartilage-replacement procedure on his knee in Jerusalem.

As in Israel.  Because the procedure hasn’t been approved yet for use in the United States.

“He’s a person who just wants to help and heal,” Walker said of Dr. Galea.  “And the world is going to soon know about him.”

Walker is right, but not in the way he thinks.

Especially if evidence emerges that another Galea patient with a feline nickname and tomcattish tendencies used anything that might not have complied with the rules of his sport.
  

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34 Responses to “New criminal probe could ensnare NFL players”
  1. PolegoJim says: Dec 15, 2009 8:53 AM

    Here’s my rub on blanket rules. Medical use of HGH to recover more quickly from surgery is much different than HGH used in the weight room to surpass individual normal capacity for strength and mass.
    We can all see how using HGH to recover has NOT made Simms or Walker into raging monsters with super human ability. It just helped them recover.

  2. bearsrule says: Dec 15, 2009 8:54 AM

    Of course the Dr. denies it, he has to protect his $$$$$, which these athletes throw at him. Darra Torres can deny it all she wants. There is no way a 40 year old swimmer dominates 20 year olds without artificial help.

  3. Twiz says: Dec 15, 2009 8:54 AM

    Yet another potential conspiracy theory put forth by Lord Florio. Too bad NBC doesn’t have a muzzle on you for this kind of crap!

  4. Nobe says: Dec 15, 2009 8:55 AM

    Chris Simms and Javon Walker’s performances on the field is indicative that this guy is:
    a) not giving them effective treatment; and, more importantly
    b) not giving them anything that is helping them to cheat

  5. Saintsnola says: Dec 15, 2009 9:05 AM

    Chris Simms and Javon Walker are elite athletes?

  6. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 15, 2009 9:10 AM

    “Especially if evidence emerges that another Galea patient with a feline nickname and tomcattish tendencies used anything that might not have complied with the rules of his sport.”
    The hell does this mean?

  7. realitypolice says: Dec 15, 2009 9:16 AM

    HGH is harmless if used properly, and has not been shown to provide benefits to people (with the possible exception for injury recovery) unless that person has reached an age where there body is naturally producing less.
    In other words, HGH will not help a young athlete who is already producing as much naturally as their body can handle, but it may help an older athlete perform longer. And what is so bad about that? There are also studies out that say it provides not tangible benefits for anyone.
    So why the hysteria? Why is this substance illegal? Why spend millions developing tests for a substance that even it’s staunchest supporters admit will not help athletes during their peak years, and may not benefit anyone at all?

  8. realitypolice says: Dec 15, 2009 9:16 AM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    December 15, 2009 9:10 AM
    “Especially if evidence emerges that another Galea patient with a feline nickname and tomcattish tendencies used anything that might not have complied with the rules of his sport.”
    The hell does this mean?
    ———————————
    This is a reference to the fact that Tiger Woods may have been a Galea patient.

  9. Fan_Of_ Four says: Dec 15, 2009 9:17 AM

    LOL
    So Tom Brady is using HGH ? If you’re right Barry Sanders won’t be the only one with an asterisk by his name.

  10. bearsrule says: Dec 15, 2009 9:17 AM

    AlanSaysYo says: December 15, 2009 9:10 AM
    “Especially if evidence emerges that another Galea patient with a feline nickname and tomcattish tendencies used anything that might not have complied with the rules of his sport.
    Ever heard of Tiger Woods ?

  11. damnitall says: Dec 15, 2009 9:20 AM

    @AlanSaysYo says:
    December 15, 2009 9:10 AM
    The hell does this mean?
    Think outside of football and think of the initials TW.

  12. pkrjones says: Dec 15, 2009 9:22 AM

    bearsrule says: “Darra Torres can deny it all she wants. There is no way a 40 year old swimmer dominates 20 year olds without artificial help.”
    bearsrule, stick to something you know… like Cutler interceptions, or drafting in the 3rd round. Dara Torres is a sprinter… MUCH different than the stamina/strength required for middle or long distance. She trained for and competed in ONE event… not 8-10 like Michael Phelps.
    Tiger only said he was getting treatments in Canada, he headed to Windsor looking for a SWF interested in his club.

  13. damnitall says: Dec 15, 2009 9:24 AM

    @Fan_Of_ Four says:
    December 15, 2009 9:17 AM
    LOL
    So Tom Brady is using HGH ? If you’re right Barry Sanders won’t be the only one with an asterisk by his name.
    How did Barry Sanders get nailed with an asterick? It’s not like getting pulled on 3rd and short is illegal or anything.

  14. TLyons4 says: Dec 15, 2009 9:37 AM

    I’m very upset with these accusations being thrown at Harry “Whiskers” Caray, let the giant hot dog rest in peace…

  15. Phokus says: Dec 15, 2009 9:39 AM

    So why hasn’t the NFL investigated the Steelers doctor who was caught buying HGH? Oh that’s right, because they’d probably have to suspend all the Steelers and put asterisks next to their trophies.
    I guess their usage of steroids in their past superbowl runs is enough embarrassment to the team.

  16. copes cabana says: Dec 15, 2009 9:44 AM

    I think it is safe to say that none of the Steelers are taking HGH this year.

  17. mattitude says: Dec 15, 2009 9:54 AM

    @realitypolice
    I know, what’s the big stink about HGH?! I also think that NFL secondaries should be allowed to snort cocaine so they can be more alert in pass coverage. Lighting up a doobie after reviewing film on the opposition shouldn’t be frowned upon. And lastly, if a player has the money and he wants to wear a cologne called “Sex Panther,”(which is made of real panther parts, so you know it’s good) then by all means he should be able to. I’m sick and tired of the league and Johnny Law always stepping in to ruin this game.

  18. Favre On HGH says: Dec 15, 2009 9:59 AM

    “Darra Torres can deny it all she wants. There is no way a 40 year old swimmer dominates 20 year olds without artificial help.”
    Or a 40 year old quarterback maybe.

  19. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 15, 2009 10:05 AM

    They call big Ben a pussy. Is that the guy with the feline nickname?
    On the other hand, it could be anyone on the Ravens.

  20. bearsrule says: Dec 15, 2009 10:11 AM

    December 15, 2009 9:59 AM
    @ Favre On HGH
    “Darra Torres can deny it all she wants. There is no way a 40 year old swimmer dominates 20 year olds without artificial help.”
    “Or a 40 year old quarterback maybe.’
    Yep.

  21. Favre On HGH says: Dec 15, 2009 10:11 AM

    HGH is harmless if used properly, and has not been shown to provide benefits to people (with the possible exception for injury recovery) unless that person has reached an age where there body is naturally producing less.
    ————————–
    Maybe someone who has used controlled substances in the past, pain killers.
    Body is in decline and is constantly hurting, but still wants to play, pain killers is not a good option anymore due to previous addiction.
    Heart set on revenge.
    Psst* Keep the needles, don’t let the trainer take them.
    Writing is on the wall.

  22. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 15, 2009 10:22 AM

    none of you have ever used steroids or HGH have you?
    first of all, HGH does not increase your strength or make you have the ability to hit 73 HR’s in a season, and it DEFINITLEY does not do this by using it by itself without some other PED, like decca or test
    it will however, allow your muscles and your body to heal in about a 1/3 of the time it normally would w/o anything
    it does not work like vicodin or perc’s, meaning that favre can’t take a HGH shot on sunday night to feel better the next day after playing a sunday afternoon game

  23. Opie says: Dec 15, 2009 10:22 AM

    pkrjones says:
    December 15, 2009 9:22 AM
    :bearsrule, stick to something you know… like Cutler interceptions, or drafting in the 3rd round. Dara Torres is a sprinter… MUCH different than the stamina/strength required for middle or long distance. She trained for and competed in ONE event… not 8-10 like Michael Phelps.”
    Rule #1: Make sure you know what you’re talking about BEFORE you call someone else out. She is not a sprinter…… dude from Jamaica is a sprinter.
    TLyons4: Thank you for making me spit my coffee all over my desk……really appreciate that. However, “Whiskers” had to be on the stuff. Otherwise there’s no way to explain him being able to ‘acurately’ see and call the game into is twilight years…….
    Vick might be on them too. How else do you explain his sudden recovery to elite qb status?!? (note, I’m trying to cultivate his image so that the Eagles can get something good in a trade in March).

  24. SATAN567 says: Dec 15, 2009 10:23 AM

    Tiger is going to jail, and it is going to be hilarious. What a piece of shit.

  25. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 15, 2009 11:16 AM

    Favre???? you guys are idiots……
    It is all Fukn PRO ATHLETES……How is it that you..average Joe, Breaks his Femur, that my Boy EJ Henderson did…and will prob play football in 5 months…and you average JOE….would walk with a cane the rest of your life,,,They are all using performance enhancing drugs……Read the book ‘optimum sports nutrition by Dr. Michael Colgan……………theres the truth!!!!
    SKOL

  26. pkrjones says: Dec 15, 2009 11:34 AM

    Opie… good thing you stayed in Mayberry with the likes of Gomer and Goober to make you feel intullektual. Just like in running, stay with me, SWIMMING has sprinters and distance, as well.
    Rule #1 – Make sure you know what you’re talking about BEFORE you call someone else out.

  27. topcide says: Dec 15, 2009 11:58 AM

    I have been saying that Favre is on HGH all season. His arm was fookin toast last season and he was beat the hell up, now suddenly he is blazing the ball like he is 20 again?

  28. realitypolice says: Dec 15, 2009 12:05 PM

    mattitude says:
    December 15, 2009 9:54 AM
    @realitypolice
    I know, what’s the big stink about HGH?! I also think that NFL secondaries should be allowed to snort cocaine so they can be more alert in pass coverage. Lighting up a doobie after reviewing film on the opposition shouldn’t be frowned upon. And lastly, if a player has the money and he wants to wear a cologne called “Sex Panther,”(which is made of real panther parts, so you know it’s good) then by all means he should be able to. I’m sick and tired of the league and Johnny Law always stepping in to ruin this game.
    ——————————————————
    I’m not sure if that post is making fun of me or not, but either way I think it is hilarious.
    I think the FBI should be investigating whether this doctor provided Sex Panther to Tiger Woods to help him pick up cocktail waitresses.

  29. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 15, 2009 1:24 PM

    @topcide
    how many times was he sacked last year compared to this year? you’ve got to be kidding me with that comparison

  30. topcide says: Dec 15, 2009 2:07 PM

    cbrianwatkins says:
    December 15, 2009 1:24 PM
    @topcide
    how many times was he sacked last year compared to this year? you’ve got to be kidding me with that comparison
    Him being sacked and his ability to recover form a torn bicep and suddenly rifle the ball like it was 10 years ago are not relevant in comparison.
    Favre is totally the kind of that would use HGH, it’s the pink elephant in the room.

  31. realitypolice says: Dec 15, 2009 3:54 PM

    I hope Favre is using HGH- and I would love to see him keep using and play until he is 45. I’m not a fan of his or the Vikings, but it is fun to watch him play.
    I hope Peyton Manning uses it too and plays until he is 50. How awesome would that be? I don’t understand what the hell is everyone’s problem with this. There are no proven adverse effects of a properly administered HGH regimen.
    I think players who have appeared in at least 5 pro bowls should be allowed to purchase HGH from the league after their 36th birthday.
    I hope if Tiger isn’t using it, he starts when he is 40 and wins the Masters when he is 60.
    HGH Bumaye!

  32. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Dec 15, 2009 7:11 PM

    I take HGH with coco puffs every morning.

  33. eklypse69 says: Dec 16, 2009 3:40 PM

    “Galea’s patients include Broncos quarterback Chris Simms and Raiders receiver Javon Walker.”
    Well hell, if those two were using it, I think that right there is signed and sealed proof that H.G.H. does nothing to improve performance.

  34. luigiboy says: Feb 28, 2010 1:29 AM

    HGH aside, this procedure might get debunked…
    http://www.arthritistoday.org/news/platelet-rich-plasma-heels032.php
    Galea might be nothing but a voodoo doctor, but he did do something illegal. I don’t think that’s an indictment of the athletes he treats.
    Tell government investigators to put down their torches and pitch forks and fix the economy already!

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