Skip to content

Report: Santana Moss was a patient of Dr. Galea

NFL_moss.jpgOn Wednesday, reports emerged that Dr. Anthony Galea was on his way to Washington to treat a member of the Redskins when Galea was arrested by U.S. authorities.  One of Galea’s assistants reportedly had a type of hGH in his possession.

Now, the Buffalo News reports that Redskins receiver Santana Moss was a patient of Dr. Galea.  The report doesn’t state whether Moss is the Redskins player whom Galea would be treating on the trip that was interrupted by the placement of handcuffs onto Galea’s wrists.

Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney responsible for the prosecution of Dr. Galea said Wednesday that none of his patients will face charges.  “At this juncture, any of the persons who are alleged to have used these
substances are considered witnesses, and not targets, of this
investigation,” William J. Hochul told the Buffalo News.  Hochul declined to comment on whether information regarding patients would be shared with the NFL and other professional sports leagues.

Whether Hochul shares information may not matter.  Absent a plea arrangement, there will be a trial, which will entail witnesses being required to testify.  At that point, it will be fairly difficult to keep their identities secret.

And while Dr. Galea’s lawyer denies that his client did anything wrong (go figure), attorney Mark Mahoney seems to concede that Dr. Galea used hGH on injured athletes.

“Officials of the NFL and other sports organizations can sleep soundly
tonight, because there is nothing he did with these athletes to help
them with performance enhancement,” Mahoney told the Buffalo News.  “[Galea]
strictly provided treatment for injuries.  If any athlete got [human
growth hormone], it was injected directly into injured tissue, in very
small amounts, for purposes of healing.”

But, as we’ve said in the past, using certain chemical compounds to speed healing necessarily constitutes performance enhancement.  If the player can’t perform and a shot of hGH helps him perform, his performance has been (wait for it) enhanced.

Meawhile, the Redskins and agent Drew Rosenhaus are keeping mum about the alleged connection between Santana Moss and Dr. Galea.  New Redskins V.P. of communications Tony Wyllie, who left Houston just before hCG hit the fan, declined to comment on the basis that this is an “off-the-field incident.” 

Sorry, Tony, but that doesn’t cut it.  Though we’ve yet to see any player inject hGH or any other banned substance while “on the field,” the fact that the substances relate directly to the ability to play — and also jeopardize the player’s availability if he’s caught and suspended — makes this a matter that falls squarely within the topics a team should be expected to address.  Though the Redskins may simply decide to say nothing in deference to the NFL’s jurisdiction over these matters, that would be a far more plausible answer than brushing it all off as an “off-the-field incident.”

Either way, the Galea case could — and should — expose plenty of hGH users in pro sports.  Given that it’s a banned substance and that the NFL doesn’t test for it, this could be the only way to catch anyone who is cheating the system.

Ultimately, it could be the wake-up call that prompts the NFL and the NFLPA to come together and devise an appropriate protocol for hGH testing.

Permalink 37 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Legal, Rumor Mill, Top Stories, Washington Redskins
37 Responses to “Report: Santana Moss was a patient of Dr. Galea”
  1. BDiddy says: May 20, 2010 8:52 AM

    “Is (sic) the player can’t perform and a shot of hGH helps him perform, his performance has been (wait for it) enhanced.”
    True, but it’s a slippery slope. If a player is dehydrated and an IV at halftime helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player has a headache and a couple Advil help him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player sprains an ankle and a shot of novocaine helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. You get the point. Where do we draw the line?

  2. Norfva says: May 20, 2010 8:56 AM

    Florio must be happy now that he has somthing new to bash the Redskins about now.

  3. downwithdansnyder says: May 20, 2010 9:03 AM

    “True, but it’s a slippery slope. If a player is dehydrated and an IV at halftime helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player has a headache and a couple Advil help him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player sprains an ankle and a shot of novocaine helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. You get the point. Where do we draw the line?”
    We draw the line at steroids that artificially change the body. The things you cited are pain killers and a saline drip.

  4. Kelso's Helmet says: May 20, 2010 9:04 AM

    “I’m over 30 now Anthony, can you do anything that will make me stronger or run faster?”
    “I’ve got you covered Santana. I’ll be there in an hour.”
    Whoops…

  5. BleedGreen says: May 20, 2010 9:07 AM

    We draw the line at steroids that artificially change the body. The things you cited are pain killers and a saline drip.
    ———————————————-
    Steroids still require the work to be put in. It shortens the recovery time in between workouts, it doesn’t artificially make you bigger. Instead of being able to do work on your arms every other day, you can work on them every day, making you get bigger twice as fast, or get twice as big in the same amount of time.
    If you stop taking them, it becomes next to impossible to maintain or get bigger because you can only work out half as much as you used to. Get it?

  6. Pack83 says: May 20, 2010 9:09 AM

    HGH is not a steroid. People who think it is a steroid (most people) need to actually educate themselves on the issue.

  7. irishsamurai says: May 20, 2010 9:10 AM

    this article is funny cause redskin bashers will soon come out,but i would hope people arent that nieve to beliieve the only players that might be on this junk are skins players,personally i could care less and i think the u.s. government should be worrying about more important issues

  8. JesusIsMySavior says: May 20, 2010 9:13 AM

    The only performance-enhancer any of these players need is Jesus, that much is clear.

  9. Tony Alexander says: May 20, 2010 9:15 AM

    Norfva — Florio is a Redskins fan, isn’t he?

  10. Fat_Old_Sun says: May 20, 2010 9:16 AM

    Its funny the logic some of the PFT readers use. Fairly low IQ here.
    If you use a banned substance that enhances your performance you are breaking the rules. If youtake an aspirin to cure a headache and its not on the banned list then its not breaking the rules.
    smh

  11. Playmaker's Dealer says: May 20, 2010 9:17 AM

    Hey, keep pumpin the skins full of this mess. Only thing it’s enhanced is their chances of losing the division– for over a decade!

  12. Black QB White RB says: May 20, 2010 9:17 AM

    What if krispy kremes help Albert perform? Are they then considered performance enhancing?
    I just wanted to be the 1st to put in a haynesworth wisecrack………………

  13. bugslayer says: May 20, 2010 9:17 AM

    BDiddy….you couldn’t be more wrong. If a player is dehydrated and gets an IV it doesn’t ENHANCE his performance, it allows him to perform as he usually does, same with a shot of novocaine it only allows him to perform as he (wait for it) NORMALLY does.
    Steroids and hgh enhance the growth of muscle way past what can normally be achieved. Making players bigger,faster, and stronger than they could ever be without them. Not to mention the fact that the stuff destroys your body at an incredible rate and makes you more prone to injuries (why? because you are operating at a level your body can’t normally operate)
    By your reasoning they should all play barefoot and naked because shoes “may” enhance thier ability to run, and jockstraps help by keeping your junk from getting in the way!

  14. Drink says: May 20, 2010 9:21 AM

    And just how were any of the Redskins performances enhanced? 4-12…nice skills Dr. Galea.

  15. LiveNBreatheFootball says: May 20, 2010 9:23 AM

    Where do these guys find these lawyers. First Lawrence Taylor’s attorney admits he pretty much is guilty, now this guy. Did they not read Rule 2 of the ethics books (rule 1 is get the fee agreement in writing): Do not throw your client under the bus.

  16. tikyle says: May 20, 2010 9:31 AM

    We draw the line at illegal and banned substances.
    Weed won’t enhance play but it’s illegal…..suspension.
    hGH will enhance the body and it’s illegal…suspension.
    Advil won’t enhance play but it’s legal…..nothing.
    Pain killers will enhance play but it’s legal….nothing.
    OK’d supplements will enhance play but it’s legal…nothing.
    See the pattern here? I think the NFL is a joke when it comes to drugs, testing and what they ban. They should just let everything be legal and let these guys do what they please. Roiders and hGH’ers will self destruct on their own (see Canseco) no need to half ssa police them.

  17. Gautam says: May 20, 2010 9:31 AM

    downwithdansnyder, pain killer or injury healer …. where and how do we draw the line ?

  18. mama tried says: May 20, 2010 9:32 AM

    I think Moss thought HGH would make him taller. He’s a short fuker.

  19. markusj says: May 20, 2010 9:33 AM

    ok more importantly as an eagle fan im laughing my ass off as the only target McCrap has to get the ball to down the field is Moss..Oh i feel a suspension or a running out of DC for him…then what do you have other than a old ass behind center and numerous old asses at RB…wow, gets better and better

  20. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 20, 2010 9:33 AM

    Star Tribune headline I thought was amazing nobody caught:
    Report: Landis admits doping and fingers Armstrong
    could journalists be THAT careless? good god.

  21. Chapnasty2 says: May 20, 2010 9:34 AM

    Well this is clear proof that HGH does absolutely nothing to enhance performance.

  22. Massappeal says: May 20, 2010 9:36 AM

    If the player can’t perform and a shot of hGH helps him perform, his performance has been (wait for it) enhanced
    Unless, of course, said player is not playing…..you know, is out for the season.

  23. Bill In DC says: May 20, 2010 9:36 AM

    # BDiddy says: May 20, 2010 8:52 AM
    “Is (sic) the player can’t perform and a shot of hGH helps him perform, his performance has been (wait for it) enhanced.”
    True, but it’s a slippery slope. If a player is dehydrated and an IV at halftime helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player has a headache and a couple Advil help him perform, his performance has been enhanced. If a player sprains an ankle and a shot of novocaine helps him perform, his performance has been enhanced. You get the point. Where do we draw the line?
    ========
    Well, apparently the line has been drawn at HgH, Steroids, and masking agents.

  24. The Real Shuxion says: May 20, 2010 9:42 AM

    # Drink says: May 20, 2010 9:21 AM
    And just how were any of the Redskins performances enhanced? 4-12…nice skills Dr. Galea.
    ——————————————————
    Apparently Dr. Galea masks his placebo’s well.

  25. bigbillnocmd says: May 20, 2010 9:44 AM

    So much for it being a Randy Thomas or Ladell Betts. The only thing helping this matter is Cushing keeping his ROY award, the skins going 4-12 last year and the NFL (& NFLPA) knowing that stricter tests and rules are needed.
    Florio is licking his chops right about now.
    ROONEY RULE VIOLATION!
    HAIL SUCKA!

  26. jamaltimore says: May 20, 2010 9:47 AM

    Florio, under your logic for performance enhancing Painkillers and Cortizone Shot’s should be on the banned substance list! Interesting discussion if this guy can make a case he only used HGH to strengthen injuries for faster healing? What’s better actually healing the injury faster or masking the pain so you can play on Sunday?

  27. 3+3 says: May 20, 2010 10:24 AM

    The general public’s lack of knowledge towards steroids is only trumped by their willingness to pontificate on the subject, of which they know VERY little. “More prone to injury’s” – Seriously? Is this a joke?
    When the NFL stops worrying so much about “performance enhancers” and more about the outrageous salaries these players receive, is the only time they are going to put a stop to the drug use. They think nothing of handing out pain killers like candy or injecting cortisone during a game but somehow adding more of a hormone that the body produces naturally is evil.
    Give me a break. All the couch potato steroid experts can now chime in and start the flaming.

  28. robert ethen says: May 20, 2010 10:29 AM

    That was easy, Moss is the only guy on the Skins who could afford Galea.

  29. bugslayer says: May 20, 2010 11:05 AM

    A steroid defender….LOL…really? when you have WRs built like greek gods, running 4.2s and blowing out Achilles tendons…hamstrings….and knees merely running routes without contact it isn’t a joke….it’s roids.
    You can increase the muscle mass but the tendons don’t grow in strength at the same rate…..a little like hooking up a built V8 to a tranny built for a 4 cylinder…it blows out.
    As far as how can adding a hormone that the body already produced be bad….REALLY? never spent much time around an ER have you? First thing they check on any thing liver related is creatine level why? elevated is bad it means the liver is operating incorrectly. Go ahead and boost your adrenaline level to excessive levels…it’s a naturally produced substance also, let me know how that heart attack works out for you!
    I’m pushing 50 been athletic all my life, still lift and still play ball. All through the eighties I worked out with guys who roided…..should see them now, hearts are bad, livers shot. Knees and shoulders blown out from stacking on too much weight while doing that crap, they all said the same bull about cycling it through properly ect. None of them work out anymore…they can’t. Look at players dying off in thier early 50s from bad hearts and other ailments…..all these so called wrestlers are doing the same thing. Defend it if you can but time is showing the damage that is being done.

  30. PortisPocketsSTR8 says: May 20, 2010 11:12 AM

    Look at how many idiots there are here!!!
    HGH is commonly used to help heal from injuries…Santana’s knee was an issue at the time this report states. The report states that the player was on IR when being treated…so there were no performing enhancements…..the substance was used to treat an injury.’
    Nothing to see here!!! Keep it moving!!

  31. Bdrunk says: May 20, 2010 11:14 AM

    jamaltimore says:
    May 20, 2010 9:47 AM
    “Florio, under your logic for performance enhancing Painkillers and Cortizone Shot’s should be on the banned substance list! Interesting discussion if this guy can make a case he only used HGH to strengthen injuries for faster healing? What’s better actually healing the injury faster or masking the pain so you can play on Sunday?”
    ——————-
    Agreed. More research needs to be put into this stuff. Long term affects of hgh vs painkillers. Haven’t heard of any accidental (or intentional) OD’s on hgh, nor years of post football addiction.

  32. tryfuhl says: May 20, 2010 11:16 AM

    If the NFL is serious about allowing their athletes to continue with an active life after football then they should be looking into the benefits of HGH treatment rather than away.

  33. Jon Evans says: May 20, 2010 11:39 AM

    For everyone who flips where in the world did it ever say Moss took HGH? SO, If I get treated by a Doctor and then somewhere down the line he gets caught with a banned drug, why am I going to listen to it?
    people can assume left and right Moss did something wrong, but just because he was getting an injury treatment doesn’t mean he did anything wrong. Assume assume assume.

  34. BigMikeSkinsFan says: May 20, 2010 11:40 AM

    way to go Tana!!
    not only have you been sub par but now you are a sub par cheater!! CONGRATS!!
    he’s 5 feet tall and on the juice? he is going to look like Chris Benoit before you know it..

  35. BleedGreen says: May 20, 2010 11:49 AM

    bugslayer says:
    May 20, 2010 11:05 AM
    A steroid defender….LOL…really? when you have WRs built like greek gods, running 4.2s and blowing out Achilles tendons…hamstrings….and knees merely running routes without contact it isn’t a joke….it’s roids.
    __________________________
    I’m not sure if you’re referring to me. I’m not defending anything. All I’m saying is that people believe you inject steroids and goto bed and wake up with muscles.
    I do have a question though, is the bad heart from the hormones themselves, or is it that your heart is designed to work with your natural body type/size and when you add 30-40% more mass, the heart has to pump 30-40% more/harder than it has grown to do. Couple that with the fact that since the heart itself is a muscle, it doesn’t grow and get stronger at the same rate as the rest of the muscles due to the steroids, and therefore you’re straining it?
    I’m honestly asking that as it makes sense to me, but I haven’t seen anyone actually say this.

  36. 3+3 says: May 20, 2010 1:36 PM

    This guy is comparing steroid users of the 80’s to the athletes of today. Once again, incompetence and the willingness to show it trumps actual knowledge.
    Steroids or not, if you make the muscles stronger through proper training and superior diet and supplement regimen, guess what? The tendons have a hard time keeping up.
    Moron.
    And if you really look at the data, testosterone DOES help with tendon strength.
    I won’t debate with you on the ER level. I am not knowledgeable enough on that subject to do so. However I do know that ANY drug taken incorrectly or abused will cause issues. A far as the liver thing, I would guess that any number of things could elevate creatine levels not just the evil testosterone, but again, I don’t really know.
    With my elevated testosterone use, I regularly have a complete blood panel ran and my blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, etc are all that of a perfectly normal human with 80 year old man test levels.

  37. slim1337 says: May 21, 2010 6:18 PM

    “HGH” Didn’t help his performance……………
    obviously needed a larger dose, this Dr. sucks.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!