Anthony Galea, a Canadien doctor, is accused of treating professional athletes, including unnamed Washington Redskins, using HGH (Human Growth Hormones). The New York Times ran this piece:
In Canada, Galea faces four criminal charges, all related to Actovegin, a drug made from calves’ blood. American investigators have focused on Galea’s ties to professional athletes, including Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods and several other baseball and football players.
According to the complaint, Mary Anne Catalano — who is not named in the documents — initially told border officials that she was traveling to Washington for a medical conference, and that the items that were found in her car — including human growth hormone, Actovegin, syringes and a centrifuge — were for display only. But she later told investigators the real reason for the trip was to meet with Galea in the Washington area, where he would perform a medical procedure on a professional football player, even though Galea is not licensed to work as a doctor in the United States.
Two people briefed on the investigation identified the player as a member of the Washington Redskins. They spoke on condition that they were not identified discussing details of a continuing federal investigation.
The documents also describe interviews with three football players, including one who was retired when he began to be treated by Galea. One of the current football players said he received treatments of Actovegin from Galea, but said he did not knowingly receive human growth hormone, which is banned by the N.F.L. The other active player also acknowledged being treated by Galea in the United States but said he did not receive H.G.H. However, the retired player said that in August 2009 Galea’s assistant delivered two “kits” of H.G.H., priced at $1,200 each, to his home in the United States.
This will be one to follow as it develops. Following the Brian Cushing incident, it will be interesting to see how this is handled.