When Dr. Anthony Galea admitted in court on Wednesday that he illegally smuggled human growth hormone into the United States, the names of three athletes came up: Tiger Woods, Jamal Lewis and Takeo Spikes. But while those three were among 20 or so athletes treated by Dr. Galea, that doesn’t mean any of them did anything wrong.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara asked prosecutors on Wednesday who Galea’s patients were, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said, “Dr. Galea’s patients were professional athletes.”
When the judge asked, “Like who?” the prosecutor mentioned Woods, Spikes and Lewis.
The prosecutor did not say what kind of treatment Woods, Spikes and Lewis got from Galea, and not all of the services Galea provided involved banned performance-enhancing substances.
Lewis has called Galea a great guy getting a bad rap. Indications have been that prosecutors do not plan to charge athletes who have been treated by Galea.