September 28, 1988 |
Sports Illustrated is reporting in this week's issue that disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson received injections of anabolic steroids in late May from a doctor on the Caribbean island nation of St. Kitt's. The magazine identified the physician as Jamie Astaphan, from whom Johnson had sought treatment for a hamstring pull suffered 10 days earlier. Astaphan denied the story to reporters in Toronto and again last night on ABC's "Nightline. " "These charges are totally untrue and unfounded," he said.
July 20, 1988 |
The NFL took steps yesterday to toughen its stance on the use of steroids, advising teams that players who test positive for steroid use a second time might be subject to disciplinary action. The warning was contained in commissioner Pete Rozelle's annual drug memo, sent yesterday to all NFL training camps. The 15-page document did not describe what kind of punitive measures would be established. "The language on steroids has been in the contract for over a year," said NFL spokesman Joe Browne.
July 20, 1986 |
Bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters - men and women alike - have muscles packed on muscles, meticulously trained to snap to attention when pumped up under the bright lights of competition. Where does all that beef come from? A lot of it is from hard training, of course, but many believe there is a shortcut to Mount Olympus via a path paved with anabolic steroids. An estimated three million Americans - professional and amateur athletes in sports where strength is critical - use steroids illegally.
February 19, 2005 |
Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson thinks steroids have created a "cloud over baseball" and that new penalties against steroid use aren't strong enough. In his most extensive comments to date on the topic, baseball's No. 5 all-time home-run hitter said yesterday many fans are willing to ignore steroid use because they enjoy the "home runs, the RBI, the big explosion offensively" of the last few years. "But I'll tell you one thing," Robinson added. "The players that play this game do care, and the players that have played this game care.
June 13, 1989 |
Ben Johnson admitted for the first time yesterday that he was a steroid user. The Canadian sprinter, who was stripped of a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul after he tested positive for the muscle-building drug, said at a government inquiry here that he began using steroids in 1981 after being urged to do so by his only coach, Charlie Francis. For the first three years that he took them, Johnson said, he did not even know they were called steroids. He took them, along with his vitamins, because his coach strongly encouraged him, he said.
April 23, 1987 |
Athletes and drugs have become an all-too-common combination. And while drugs and alcohol have ruined - and, in some cases, ended - the lives of college stars and professional players, another drug problem exists quietly in the background of athletics. In some cases, it has been given tacit approval. For more than a decade, anabolic steroids, drugs that cause rapid muscle development, have been used by professional and amateur athletes. The most noticeable users have been the competitive bodybuilders, whose glistening, articulated biceps and pectorals are the equipment of their sport.
September 28, 2004 |
Barry Bonds was randomly tested for steroids before San Francisco's game Friday night against Los Angeles. All major-league players must undergo the testing. "I'm glad this is finally happening," the Giants slugger told MLB.com. "They'll get the results and it will clear my name. " Meanwhile, the Giants fan who caught Bonds' 700th home run is being sued by another man who says he was the rightful owner of the ball. According to a restraining order to be filed in state court today, Timothy Murphy said Steve Williams stole the historic blast from him during a melee in the bleachers at SBC Park on Sept.
August 20, 2004 |
Five more Olympic weightlifters were suspended for failing drug tests, including two who were barred shortly before their competitions, the International Weightlifting Federation said yesterday. The athletes tested positive for steroids in compulsory pre-Olympic drug tests of all 260 weightlifters. The competitors expelled were Wafa Ammouri of Morocco, Zoltan Kecskes of Hungary, Viktor Chislean of Moldova, Pratima Kumari Na of India, and Sule Sahbaz of Turkey. The federation suspended Nan Aye Khine of Myanmar on Monday for failing a drug test following her fourth-place finish Saturday in the 48-kilogram, or 105-pound, class.
September 15, 2006 |
Prosecutors in San Diego say they suspect that Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was on steroids when he was shot three times by an off-duty police officer. "His history of aggressive and even violent contact with law enforcement indicates the possibility of more than mere alcohol involvement," criminal investigator Dan Nordell wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant. "[Steroids] can cause erratic behavior in those that use them. This has been given names like 'roid rage for the uncontrollable outbursts and violence experienced by some users.
July 18, 2006 |
The doctor who pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally prescribe steroids to several Carolina Panthers was sentenced yesterday in Columbia, S.C., to 1 year and 1 day in prison. Dr. James Shortt pleaded guilty in March to one federal count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone. Prosecutors have said current and former members of the Panthers were some of Shortt's patients. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped 42 other counts against Shortt, 59. Chief U.S. District Judge Joe Anderson ordered Shortt to pay the minimum fine, $500, and a $100 special assessment.